Valzhyna Mort & Bianca Stone 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 sounded inwards from the corners of the field towards a small, solar-powered carousel.

Valzhyna Mort read on 22 July for The Poetry Society of New York. For the second issue of Tongue, she translated two selections from Russian poet Grigori Dashevsky.

“Preface” & “Mockingbird Hotel” by Valzhyna Mort

“Jean-Paul Belmondo” by Valzhyna Mort

“Sylt I” by Valzhyna Mort

“My Father’s Breed” by Valzhyna Mort

Bianca Stone read new work for Argos Books, which has published two of her chapbooks: I Saw the Devil with His Needlework and Someone Else’s Wedding Vows. A portfolio of her draft sketches from Antigonick–her collaboration with Anne Carson and Robert Currie–is at the heart of Issue Two of Tongue.

“The People of Distress” by Bianca Stone