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Poetry Reading: You can tell I’m alive and well because I weep continuously

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February 10, 2017

In conjunction with the exhibition You can tell I’m alive and well because I weep continuously., poet Steven Zultanski curated a poetry reading featuring texts that share affinities with his own poem, Agony (2012). The evening included readings by poets Alejandro Crawford, Mónica de la Torre, Shiv Kotecha, and Stacy Szymaszek and a sound installation by Fernando Diaz.

You can tell I’m alive and well because I weep continuously. is a group exhibition curated by Alison Burstein, on view at Knockdown Center January 13 – February 26, 2017 with artwork by David Court, Erin Diebboll, David Horvitz, Anouk Kruithof, Amanda Turner Pohan, and Steven Zultanski. The show brings together artworks whose techniques resonate with Agony’s provocative alchemical idiom: these pieces quantify bodily and affective features, apply logical and scientific reasoning to absurd ends, and manipulate the linkages between language and things.

Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford is a poet, video artist, and game designer living in Brooklyn, NY.

Fernando Diaz is the author of “Autocorrelation and Regularization of Query-Based Retrieval Scores” (University of Massachusetts, 2008). His work has been screened at the Melbourne International Animation Festival.

Mónica de la Torre is the author of five books of poetry, including The Happy End/All Welcome(forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in the spring of 2017). Recent and forthcoming publications include Triple Canopy, Harper’s, andPoetry. She is a contributing editor of BOMB Magazine and teaches poetry at Brown University.

Shiv Kotecha is the author of the Unlovable (Troll Thread, 2016), and EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015). Other stuff can be found @

Stacy Szymaszek is the author of Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island(2015), Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals(2016), and A Year From Today, forthcoming from Nightboat in 2017. She is also executive director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.

You can learn more about the exhibition here.

Image: Erin Diebboll, “Thirty Years – Basement” (detail), (2010). Pencil on paper, 51” x 85”.

Knockdown Center’s MEDIA page is an ongoing collection of audio, video, writing, and ephemera produced by our arts programming. It serves not only as an aural and visual index of the diverse artistic activities that occur within the space, but also as a resource for artists, writers, curators, and researchers who may be interested in learning more about the practitioners that come through our doors. As a primary source, documents housed within the MEDIA page have been minimally edited and largely unmodified. Audio files link to our Soundcloud channel, where curator conversations, exhibition walkthroughs, panels, and poetry readings can be heard individually, or as select playlists.

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