Monica de la Torre
A poet whose most recent book is The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling Presse). She teaches at Brown University.
Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno is a sprawling, multipart exhibition that presents the extraordinary life and work of poet, artist, activist, and muse John Giorno. Encompassing nine nonprofit venues around Manhattan and a total of fifteen partnering institutions, the exhibition features paintings, films, sound installations, drawings, archival presentations, performances, and a video environment by both Giorno himself as well as by others whom he has inspired.
Im afraid flea markets are the same all over the world. Im afraid beaches are too. Im afraid nudist ones are no exception.
Monica de la Torre: When did you start publishing?
Bob: In 1968 I sent in a clutch of poems to Rolling Stone. They published Grandmothers. My first book was published in well, here it is. Tear to Open, Power Mad Books, 1979.
The editors would like to thank Ugo Rondinone, John Giorno, and Phong Bui for the invitation to edit a special issue of The Brooklyn Rail to be published in conjunction with the multi-part exhibition I ♥ John Giorno.
I. You thought this would be a dance lesson, things were easier then. No marimbas, no clarinets; only a longing for the fun to begin. Rain came down.