The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Alice Notley: Monday Night Reading

11/14/2016 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM PT


  • $10.00


7-9pm, reading starts promptly at 7:30pm
$10 entry, free for SFSU students and Poetry Center and/or members of The Lab
In The Descent of Alette, Alice Notley presents a feminist epic, a bold journey into the deeper realms. Alette, the narrator, finds herself underground, deep beneath the city, where spirits and people ride endlessly on subways, not allowed to live in the world above. Traveling deeper and deeper, she is on a journey of continual transformation, encountering a series of figures and undergoing fragmentations and metamorphoses as she seeks to confront the Tyrant and heal the world. Using a new measure, with rhythmic units indicated by quotation marks, Notley has created a "spoken" text, a rich and mesmerizing work of imagination, mystery, and power.

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