Impromptu Reading — Marisa Crawford & Seth Landman

The other night I attended one of the best readings I’ve ever been to. Seth Landman (ESPN.com writer and international man of heartbreak) invited a small group of friends over to his house on a quiet day-after-xmas Friday evening. His friend Marisa Crawford was visiting from San Francisco and, along with Seth, she gave us an impromptu reading from her manuscript “The Haunted House”–the eponymous poem is told in 60 short parts addressing issues of memory, loss, and female-ness, with some Madonna and horror movie imagery mixed in. Seth read from a series of poems called “Parker’s Band” about a boat named The Seth Parker that circled the globe in the 1930s. These new poems walked the fine line between whimsical and heartfelt and radio feedback. Seth’s friend Jake brought a bottle of super smoky scotch I’d never tried before called Laphroaig. Including the poets there were only seven of us. It was a perfect evening.

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