If you’re going to be anywhere near New York City at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 30 (Lax’s 103rd birthday), come on down to Poets House at 10 River Terrace for an evening of talks and readings by poet and former Lax literary assistant John Beer, poet Stacey Tran, and Michael N. McGregor. For a mere $10 ($7 for students and seniors; free for Poets House members), you can hear Lax’s poetry as well as stories about him. (His niece and literary executor Marcia Kelly will be in attendance too.)
It should be a grand celebration!
A couple of months ago, I made a post about the life-size painting of Lax done by Harry Jackson back in 1962 (see the original post). I said in my post that I didn’t know where the painting is now. Well, at this moment, it is in an exhibit of Lax’s writings and photographs at the Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, thanks to the generosity of Lax’s niece Marcia Kelly and her husband Jack. You can read about the exhibit here. Normally, it hangs in the Harry Jackson Institute in Cody, Wyoming. Here’s the title card:
For those of you going to the International Thomas Merton Society conference at St. Bonaventure this June, be sure to stop by the Center for a look. The exhibit just opened this month, so I’m sure it will still be around then. Here are a couple more looks: