Poetry and the spoken word arts have found a home at Flyleaf Books. The Sacrificial Poets are resident performers of long standing, and on the second Tuesdays of each month, there is a poetry reading series co-hosted by Stan Absher and Debra Kaufman. They make an evening of it, inviting audience members to convene with the poets prior to the show at Foster's Market, located next door to Flyleaf, at 5:45 p.m. before the 7 p.m. reading. This month's event features Chris Vitiello and Malaika King Albrecht. Vitiello is a familiar name to Indy readers—his ubiquitous byline sits atop everything from visual art reviews, book reviews, hockey coverage and events previews in this section. He is also a prolific poet, active in organizing local events, judging the Indy poetry contest and publishing his own books. His latest, Obedience, is something of a fully conceived work in which the physical object is part of the linguistic explorations: It's a flip book, meaning that it can be read front to back and back to front. His lines are almost Jenny Holzer-like in their cascades of off-kilter but illuminating assertions. "Poems cannot be self-evident/ Recuse yourself/ If you are reading this line, then it is too late to recuse yourself," he commands in one poem in his aptly titled book.
Vitiello is joined by Albrecht, a Pinehurst resident whose new book carries the intriguing, perhaps ominous title of What the Trapeze Artist Trusts. She's also the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online poetry magazine that publishes only work that has been rejected elsewhere. After she and Vitiello read, there will be a signing and then an open mic (sign up by 7 p.m.). —David Fellerath