Come Ye All and Raise a Pint to
Hip Hops: Poems about Beer
with contributing "beer poets" Donna Masini, Bob Holman, Jan Heller Levi, Jason Baker, Sarah van Arsdale
and editor Christoph Keller
November 12, 2018
6:00pm - 7:30pm
no need to RSVP
but do come ... because Jan & Christoph will also take this hoppy opportunity to commemorate the sad fact that they're leaving New York for Switzerland, to drink to many good years (& two very bad post-elections ones) in NYC, & to having some of the greatest friends in the city they are -- gulp -- leaving.
About the Book
From Li Bai's 'Bring in the Ale' to Ted Kooser's 'Beer Bottle'; from Robert Burns's' John Barleycorn' to Carol Ann Duffy's 'John Barleycorn' (no, you are not seeing double), the beautiful Everyman's Library Pocket Poets volume Hip Hops attest to humankind's long and joyous (mostly) relationship with the world's most popular alcoholic beverage.
A surprising number of authors, and perhaps some surprising authors, have added their tributes to the brew. Here, to name but a few, we find Charles Baudelaire, John Betjamen, William Blake, Bertolt Brecht, Raymond Carver, Amy Clampitt, Emily Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Graves, Langston Hughes, Eric Idle, E. Nesbit, Flann O'Brien, Frank O'Hara, Sylvia Plath, Arthur RImbaud, Rumi and Hank Williams, all rather less than sober. Unsurprisingly, 'Anon.' is widely represented, in particularly exuberant spirits. There are recipes, and hangovers (inevitably); there's a hymn to Ninkasi, ancient Sumerian goddess of beer, Prohibition protest songs and old English drinking catches; there is philosophy (of a sort), and consolation. Whether pulling up at the celestial bar in Keats's 'Mermaid Tavern' or at the grittier, jazzier one in Carl Sandburg's 'Honky Tonk in Cleveland, Ohio', lovers of beer and poetry are sure to find something to celebrate in these pages.