Spring Equinox/Last Snow: Janaka Stucky's Book Launch Party in NY

Last Friday, March 20, was the first day of spring, but that didn’t stop snow from covering the streets outside Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, where we celebrated the launch of The Truth Is We Are Perfect by Janaka Stucky and Where the Bird Sings Best by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The room filled up quickly as Dorothea Lasky began reading poetry. Next was poet Paige Taggart, and then Janaka Stucky. He brought a copy of his book, The Truth is We Are Perfect, onstage with him, but quickly put it aside and began telling a story which seamlessly transitioned into a powerful reading of his poems from memory. His poem, “Recreating a Miraculous Object,” became like a chant, getting louder and louder until the room felt somehow altered. My friend turned to me and said, “I’d join a cult if he started one.” I agreed.

Next, musician Kim Boekbinder read from Where the Bird Sings Best (Restless Books) by Alejandro Jodorowsky and sang two songs while Catland, Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical boutique, lit candles at the back of the room where they were selling books. Darcey Leonard of Tarot Society ended the night with a few songs while Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain was projected behind her. Outside, the snow was still falling and I could hear Janaka’s poem still echoing in my head: "Treading through the unlatched snow / Here they come / Here they come / Here come my betrayers.

Chelsea Hodson