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Tea and Poets Three at the Library

Tue, 06/04/2024 - 09:33

"If you've ever been bored during group sex, this book is for you," the jacket copy of Anthony DiPietro's new poetry collection, "kiss & release," says. "This book parties, hollers (and whispers) at hotties, and craves escape."

Which raises a question. Does a reading differ based on setting? Because Mr. DiPietro, who's put in an appearance on the Stony Brook Southampton campus recently, will this time be reading from "kiss & release" on Saturday afternoon at 2 en plein air in the pleasant, cloistered courtyard of staid East Hampton Library.  

A self-described "gay sex poet and arts administrator originally from Providence, Rhode Island," and toned down or not, he will be joined by another poet, Miranda Beeson, whose latest collection is "Wildlife." Locally speaking, she's had work in The Southampton Review and has taught poetry and literacy across Suffolk County. 

Also reading, Matt Coonan, the author of "Toy Gun," poems focusing on his "offbeat childhood and adolescence," is a singer, as well, in a jazz band called Bright Dog Red. 

All three poets have M.F.A.s from Stony Brook University. The reading and accompanying teapots will move inside to the Baldwin Family Room if it rains.

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