She’s apparently in the literary “mainstream” now, according to The Guardian in a typo-laden, but important piece dated Oct 1, 2015, but Eileen Myles has been a real writer, with tremendous depth and perception for decades how and great to see her getting some due.
In 2002, Myles read at SPLAB at the 5th Ginsberg Marathon. (See this.) After the weekend was over she also sat down with your humble narrator and discussed a number of literary arts and cultural items, as well as her books, new at the time, Skies and On My Way.
- 1. On Queer kids in Auburn: 1:07
2. On Going to NYC to be a poet: 1.27
3. On Meeting Allen Ginsberg: 1.53
4. On Hanging with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley and on The Sonnets: 4:24
5. Poem as Job and fascination of skies: 2:42
6. Untitled Poem (Matthew Shepard): :26
7. (poem) At Mills: :14
8. Poets vs. Shrinking Imagination: :42
9. On Booze, Drugs, Writing & NYC Scene: 3:23
10. Sky as meditation vehicle: :20
11. On Harmonica (Talks about and reads the poem Harmonica): 2:38
12. Two Schools of US Poetry & “Eagle Scout” poetry bios: 2:07
13. Align With Poets Already Dead (ugh) or Proprioception and Eternity: 2:15
14. Working Class accent (Closing the Distance. Not academic poetry): 3:29
15. Milk (poem written BEFORE 911 (prophetic?)): :41
16. On Milk: 1:04
And hear the interview as it happened.
She reads at Elliot Bay Books Friday, October 17 at 7pm and the store says: “One of this country’s most iconic and invaluable poets and writers, Eileen Myles makes this welcome Elliott Bay return on an evening occasioned by the publication of a major volume of her poetry and the re-issuing of one of her classic novels. I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems(HarperCollins) draws together work from 1975 – 2014. Also on hand tonight is her cult classic novel, Chelsea Girls(HarperPerennial).”