Listen: TV turns into poetry with readings from ‘Rabbit Ears’

Nine poets read their poems and others from the anthology titled, "Rabbit Ears: TV Poems," on April 7, 2016. From the left to right, the poets are Diane Lockward, Josh Humphrey, David Messineo, Susanna Rich, John J. Trause, Joel Allegretti, George Witte, Charlie Bondhus and David Vincenti.

Nine poets read their poems and others from the anthology titled, “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems,” on April 7, 2016. From the left to right, the poets are Diane Lockward, Josh Humphrey, David Messineo, Susanna Rich, John J. Trause, Joel Allegretti, George Witte, Charlie Bondhus and David Vincenti. Credit: Rebecca Panico

By Rebecca Panico | Published April 12, 2016

Nine poets turned television into poetry on April 7 when they gathered to read from an anthology titled “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems.”

"Rabbit Ears" Editor Joel Allegretti. April 7, 2016. Credit: Rebecca Panico

“Rabbit Ears” Editor Joel Allegretti. April 7, 2016. Credit: Rebecca Panico

“I just had an idea that I wanted to put together an anthology of TV poetry,” said “Rabbit Ears” Editor Joel Allegretti, who reached out to over 100 poets to compile the anthology.  “That’s what I had in mind, which is about as open-ended as you can get. It wasn’t until I started getting work that the anthology started to put itself together.”

Charlie Bondhus, Josh Humphrey, Diane Lockward, David Messineo, John J. Trause, David Vincenti, George Witte, Kean professor Susanna Rich and Allegretti all took center stage in the CAS first-floor theater.

From stories of fighting over the remote to the untimely interruptions of the Emergency Broadcast System test, each poet examined the theme of television from a unique perspective.

Each poet read their own poem featured in the anthology, followed by another poem by a different author in the collection.

Below are scenes and samples of poets’ readings from the night:

 

 

 

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