‘Punk Poet‘ and critic Jerome Sala joined us on the final day of Tamara Gonzales’ show for a reading of his selected works. It was exciting to spend an afternoon listening to the curious and matter-of-fact prose written by a man Vincent Katz called the “first heavyweight champion of poetry.”
“Though slight of frame,” Katz writes, “Jerome Sala was the first heavyweight champion of poetry. But to prevent poetic punch-drunkeness, he abdicated his crown after only two bouts. From this auspicious beginning, his work has continued to duke it out with convention in cult classics like Spaz Attack, I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent, The Trip, and Raw Deal. His poems and essays have appeared widely, in such publications as Rolling Stone, Conjunctions, the World, Boundary 2, SHINY, and many others. Over the years, he developed an insider’s knowledge of media effects, through working for various ad agencies and corporations as a copywriter and creative director. He has been called an “honorable hysteric” by poet/critic Peter Schjeldahl and is widely know as one of the funniest poets around. He lives in New York City with his wife, poet Elaine Equi.”
Sala read to a packed gallery. And we had the pleasure of hearing him read a few selected verses from the book designed and published by Norte Maar specifically to accompany the exhibition which featured details of Gonzales’ paintings juxtaposed with Sala’s texts.
Watch Sala read his poem ‘Urban Warrior”: