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WED 11
Long before Pearl Jam thought they wrote the longest song title ever with "Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town," Robert Bly wrote a poem titled "After Drinking All Night With a Friend, We Go Out in a Boat at Dawn to See Who Can Write the Best Poem." As head of the Sixties Press, Bly got a jump on the whole "alternative" scene, too, often publishing unconventional poetry and translations from obscure foreign poets. The 78-year-old distinguished poet and National Book Award winner will sign and discuss his latest poetry collections, My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joyand The Winged Energy of Delight, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. The signing starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, but arriving early with a ticket (available with book purchase) is recommended. Call 480-730-0205.

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