Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photos: Patricia Spears Jones and Michael Goldstein
4 out of 5 stars
R. ERICA DOYLE & ALAN FELSENTHAL AT CALABAR IMPORTS BEDSTUY
NEW YORK, NY (April 27, 2015) Last night, the Calabar Imports BedStuy shop in Brooklyn hosted a live reading from poets R. Erica Doyle and Alan Felsenthal, and the afternoon was all the more pleasant for it. The two-hour get-together was an enjoyable collection of pieces that made the audience laugh and ponder, all while making them feel slightly uncomfortable.
Of the two poets, Felsenthal presented the most thoughtful works of the afternoon, as demonstrated in the whim of his pieces Two Matyrs and My Domestic Poem. These works brought forth an epic-like quality with a universal moral tailed at the end of them and a bizarre observation on the existence of bedbugs that will cause any homeowner to relate.
Felsenthal also took the time to promote a brand new volume; collecting the works Alfred Starr Hamilton both published and previously thought to have been lost to the vaults of time.
At the other end of the afternoon’s spectrum of work, R. Erica Doyle came in not only debuting a few new works cataloguing the mind of the foreigner coming to New York City for something new, but also reading prose excerpts from her published book proxy, many of which vividly portray the female human body as a canvas infinitely colorful with passion and the desire for a good fuck.
At the end of the day, the works of Doyle and Felsenthal are certainly a treat for any avid poetry reader to taste. If you ever crave poetry, throw caution to the wind and discover their works.