Publication party and reading for “I Dream About You Baby”, poems by Lester Afflick, at SOLAS, 232 E. Ninth Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), Wednesday, June 11, 7-9 pm, free.
Book release Party July 19th 2008 4-5:30 pm @ The Bowery Poetry Club- Readers TBA
Fly By Night Press is proud to announce the publication of I Dream About You Baby, poems by Lester Afflick.
Born in Jamaica, Afflick was a vital force and fixture on the New York poetry scene from the early 1980s until his untimely death in January 2000. This posthumous collection of his finest poems has been compiled by Afflick’s dearest friends and most discerning readers.
Said the poet Hal Sirowitz: “He reminds me of the British painter Turner. Turner painted the turbulence of war and the ocean. Lester used words to paint the turbulence of life. The power of his metaphors combined with a deep voice, like Paul Robeson’s, made you marvel at the narrative.”
Another poet and friend John Farris explained: “Afflick’s death at 43 cut short a literary voice that was just beginning to find its maturity, a force that had just begun to hurricane density, that spoke to desert and crag, the heat of an unforgiving sun and maudlin existence, rendering the maudlin with a tool both dry and sharp. The poems in this collection represent Afflick’s vision: Island culture and alienation in an urbane and witty top hat.”
In conjunction with the book’s publication, A Gathering of the Tribes, in conjunction with Redtape Productions and Solas, will present a reading of poems in the collection by an array of Afflick’s friends and admirers, (including at press-time: Steve Cannon, Michael Carter, Steve Dalachinsky, John Farris, Marci Goodman, Ruth Siekevits, Carl Watson and others TBA) at Solas, 232 E. Ninth St. (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), Wednesday, June 11,
For more information about the event or about “I Dream About You Baby”, poems by Lester Afflick, contact A Gathering of the Tribes, Inc. at 212-674-3778, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.tribes.org.