Poetry Clips of the Week: John Keene, Counternarratives

Friday, November 13, 2015

These video clips are the part of a series highlighting recent readings held by SF State’s Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives. Visit this website regularly for fresh poetic content.


John Keene reads from his story, “Cold,” focused on the life and early death of African American songwriter and composer Bob Cole (1868 – 1911), from his book Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), on Thursday October 29, 2015, at The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University.



John Keene comments on his hometown, St. Louis, Missouri, in response to a question from the audience; he remarks on the history of the city, and on his notion of that particular place as a location to work outward from in his writing.


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