Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Laomagination Poems at CONvergence
During CONvergence as a Guest of Honor this year, I shared a number of poems throughout the convention formally and informally. I wound up reading enough that I'm certain it was a little difficult to keep track of them all. The key poems presented in full or in part during the major panels were:
One-On-One With Bryan Thao Worra
"Laos in the House," from Tanon Sai Jai, 2009
"Democracia," from The Tuk-Tuk Diaries, Our Dinner With Cluster Bombs, 2003
"Idle Fears," from Buddhist Poetry Review, 2012
"In the Fabled Midwest," from DEMONSTRA, 2013
"Khao Jai," from Tanon Sai Jai, 2009
"What Is the Southeast Asian American Poem of Tomorrow?," Angry Asian Man, 2013
"The Doom That Came to New Sarnath," from DEMONSTRA, 2013
* As noted in the preface to the performance, this poem was a nod to the classic story by H.P. Lovecraft, "The Doom That Came To Sarnath," and the Buddhist city of Sarnath, as well as an examination of a Lao city in the wastelands, what a Phi Dip (Or Raw Ghosts/Spirits) apocalypse would look like, framed through a classic lens of Lao folk law.
Giant Lizard Theater This reading was performed with F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, Eleanor Arnason, Sandra Lindow, and also included an announcement of the 2015 Rhyslings with a live reading of all of the winning poems.
"Destroy All Monsters," from The Kaiju and I, G-Fan Magazine, 2006
"The Moth," from The Kaiju and I, G-Fan Magazine, 2006
"The Big G Walking,"from The Kaiju and I, G-Fan Magazine, 2006
"Gop Nyai," from DEMONSTRA, 2013
"Passa Falang," from DEMONSTRA, 2013
"Kaiju Haiku," from The Kaiju and I, G-Fan Magazine, 2006
* The selections of poems from G-Fan Magazine were recollected in DEMONSTRA.
Poetry Round Robin This reading was performed with Ruth Berman, Sandra Lindow and Erica Hooper.
"The Dream Highway of Ms. Mannivongsa,"from DEMONSTRA, 2013
"Full Metal Hanuman," from Strange Horizons, 2013
"Temporary Passages," from DEMONSTRA, 2013
"A Sphinx Reviews Myths as Self," from DEMONSTRA, 2013
"Zombuddha," from DEMONSTRA, 2013
"Fragment of a Dream In Atlantean Yellows," from Innsmouth Free Press, 2012
Again, a big thanks to everyone who participated and came to hear my work. Make time for poetry in your lives, and remember: It's not just words on a page or sounds in your ear, but souls talking to souls. Be amazing and awesome to each other!