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Elaine Kahn Recommended

When: Tue., March 10, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: free

Woman on the Verge

Poet and musician Elaine Kahn celebrates the publication of her first full-length collection, Women in Public, the 13th title in the City Lights Spotlight Poetry Series, with a reading and discussion at the landmark bookstore. "Hers is a realm where oceans beat against genitals, and Hannah Wilke warms the earth," says writer Dodie Bellamy, who lauds Kahn for "championing a ferociousness that rages against asperity while playfully seducing the reader to misbehave." Kim Gordon is a fan, too: "Elaine Kahn's poems touch me somewhere deep. I don't know how or why, but I'm willing to go wherever she wants to take me." If those two endorsements aren't enough to pique your interest, it's possible you might appreciate a line like, "No one honest ever cared," or how that line is followed by this couplet: "We couldn't stand each other & / we didn't want to give up" (The Myth of the Female Orgasm from 2012's A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse chapbook).

Elaine Kahn speaks at 7 p.m. at City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F. Free; 362-8193 or

— Evan Karp


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