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Poet Jay Leeming to Read at Cayuga CC

DATE: 02-27-2007

Jay Leeming, author of the poetry collection Dynamite on a China Plate, will present a free public reading of his work at the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College on Monday, March 5, at 11:00 a.m. Leeming, who holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the New School University in New York City, has published poems in magazines including Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry East, and Black Warrior Review. Poet Robert Bly has written that Leeming's poems “dive straight to the playful, lunatic heart of human companionship.” An example of Leeming's quirky sense of connection in a confusing world is “I Pick Up a Hitchhiker,” a poem just seven lines long: “After a few miles, he tells me / that my car has no engine. / I pull over, and we both get out / and look under the hood. / He's right. / We don?t say anything more about it / all the way to California.” Leeming has been a featured reader at venues including Butler University, the Omega Institute, and the Woodstock Poetry Festival. His book will be available for purchase and signing at the Cayuga reading. The event, to be held in the student lounge in the main building, will be sponsored by the college's Humanities Division with support from Poets & Writers, Inc., and funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.