Friday, February 16, 2007

Billy Harris Reads Poetry at the Spencer Art Museum Feb. 15

Billy Harris, KU English professor, read a chronological selection of poetry, including a poem he presented to his teacher Wendell Berry. He read strong poems about his strong mother (the topic was road rage and I wish I could reproduce the sense of narrative conveyed in compressed word bytes) and a science fiction trilogy, which created an eerily familiar and distorted reality. Among the pieces was "The Famous Colored Writer":

"Are you the famous colored writer?"
"Funny. You look just like him."

Harris writes with clarity, wit, intelligence.