Geoffrey Nutter & Rachel Eliza Griffiths reading at the 2nd Annual New York Poetry Festival

Organized by the Poetry Society of New York, the 2nd Annual New York Poetry Festival took place on a lawn at the heart of Governor’s Island ringed by trees, reclamated stoneworks, and repurposed barracks. The lineup for the weekend-long event was incredibly diverse and readings happened simultaneously, poets’ voices sounding inwards from the corners of the field towards a small, solar-powered carousel.

Geoffrey Nutter performed on 21 July for Augury Books, mingling new work with songs. His “Prelude to What Comes Next” is the first poem in the first issue of Tongue.

“Poem” by Geoffrey Nutter

“Next Poem” by Geoffrey Nutter

“I didn’t go to Harvard” by Geoffrey Nutter

Rachel Eliza Griffiths read on 22 July for Deadly Chaps/Short Fast and Deadly, sharing selections from a new chapbook, Memoria, Memoria. In addition to her poem “Recurrence” on p.64 of Tongue, Issue One features a running series of her photographic collages, each image created in response to lines from fellow contributors.

“Melancholia” by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

“The Diving Bell & Butterfly” by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

“The Skin I Live In” by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

“Lust, Caution” by Rachel Eliza Griffiths