This sign greeted everyone who found the cemetery behind Second Avenue
Last Saturday, the sun peeked out in Manhattan and it seemed that only one “cool” pocket existed in the entire city, Brooklyn included. At the Marble Cemetery in the East Village, artists, writers, and performers like Rene Ricard, Terence Koh, Jonas Mekas, Sabrina Gilbert, John Giorno, and Anne Waldman, to name a few, read original work about the world we live in. Painter Francesco Clemente, photographer Sante D’Orazio, artist Nat Lowman, and designer Cynthia Rowley sat and absorbed the words and energy. It could have been a secret meeting surrounding anger at the Vietnam War, but instead in present day, the speakers decried war, big oil, corporate interests destroying the environment, and Sarah Palin.
Stefan Bondell, who organized the smart event, painted the backdrop of a cement slab that could have been polluted by spilled oil drops. Meanwhile, green grass and surrounding trees embraced us. The weather both cool and sunny prevailed for a beautiful afternoon and the program assured us that intelligent life still exists. (In the video below, writer/painter Rene Ricards reads… sings.)