In October, poet Abraham Smith will appear. “Abe Smith delivers his poems as if they are sermons,” Lenahan says. “He works himself up into this really agitated emotional state, and his voice is really musical. He’s all over place, his whole body is moving, he’s sweating and shaking and trembling. He doesn’t put it on. He works himself up into a state so he can deliver his poetry off of the page and into the air.
“That’s what I want people to start thinking of when they think of my reading series. People think they’re going to have to sit there and watch someone reading in a monotone. And that is not at all what contemporary writing is about. If it were I wouldn’t be a part of it.”
A question about the sing-song reading style of some poets elicits a strong reaction. “We call that ‘Poet Voice,’” she says. Lenahan describes it as “self-satisfied, lofty, full of fluctuations, raising of voice and falling at end of the line, deliberate pregnant pauses. Fusebox is attempting to negate notions of the Poet Voice. Most people think of Poet Voice when they thing of reading, but we don’t privilege the Poet Voice.”
7 p.m. • Saturday, Aug. 11
1800 Rossville Ave.