This Saturday, The Adroit Journal read at the New York City Poetry Festival for the second year in a row. Despite a nerve-wracking rainfall just before Adroit was slated to take the stage, we’re happy to report that our reading was a success! Thanks to everyone who came out to the reading, and of course, to the wonderful people at the Festival. We’re so excited to return in 2015.

If you couldn’t make the festival, don’t worry! We have some awesome video, which may or may not have been recorded on an iPhone under an umbrella (rain is kind of bad for cameras, okay).

Talin Tahajian

“In time, when we open our mouths, entire aviaries will spill out. Leakage. A type of storm that matters in what you would call ‘the grand scheme of things.’”

— Talin Tahajian

Sam Ross

“I can’t even look at flies without feeling them in my mouth.”

— Sam Ross

Caleb Kaiser

“Days we were made of currents instead of veins, of clay and fresh-kill, I loved you enough to pulp my lungs into yours, to slip a straw between your ribs.”

— Caleb Kaiser

J. Scott Brownlee

“I put my skull in a polished bull’s mouth, and his fits perfectly outside like helmet.”

— J. Scott Brownlee
Amanda Silberling
Amanda Silberling

Amanda Silberling is a student at the University of Pennsylvania from South Florida. Her poems, essays, and reviews appear in Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Los Angeles Times, and The Rumpus, among others. She currently serves as the Blog Editor for The Adroit Journal and a writer/photographer for Rock On Philly. Find her on Twitter at @asilbwrites.

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