BRING A MIX TAPE TO MY READINGS
I’m ready to depart tomorrow morning for my 6 week poetry tour road trip. I bought a 1989 Chevy conversion van for the trip, and I’m going to try to go the entire trip using only the listening technology of that year, 1989, since the van only comes equipped with a cassette deck. (I’m bringing tape recorders and doing things with them at my readings too.)
So, I have an idea: if you come to one of these readings, BRING ME A MIX TAPE. I’ll listen to it (with a handful of other poets along the way) as I depart your town, and I’ll tweet about the mixes as I listen under the hashtag #mixtapetour. I’ll review the tapes by town, in order to determine which towns make the most and least impressive mixes. I’m looking at you first, Seattle.
You bring me a mix tape, and I’ll bring, for sale, a copy of The Book of Joshua, a copy of Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears, and some prints of some of my portraits. Please bring all of your cash, because this van drinks a lot of gas.
PS. The mix tape drawn above was part of my good friend Kate Bingaman-Burt’s mix tape drawing project, “Other People’s Mixtapes"