Maryrose Larkin & Anne Shaw, 5/24, 6 p.m., Hazel Room
The Switch presents poets Maryrose Larkin and Anne Shaw. When: Saturday, May 24, 6 p.m. FREE Where:The Hazel Room, 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, where she works as a freelance researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books, 2006), Whimsy Daybook 2007 (FLASH+CARD, 2006), The Book of Ocean (i.e. press, 2007), DARC (FLASH+CARD, 2009) and The name of this intersection is frost (Shearsman Books, 2010) Marrowing (Airfoil, 2010) and The Identification of Ghosts (Chax, 2013). Maryrose was a founder of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. Maryrose received her MFA from Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of Art. She keeps her friends close and her muses closer.
Anne Shaw is the author of Dido in Winter (Persea 2014) and Undertow, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize (Persea 2007). Her poems and reviews have appeared in Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, The Los Angeles Review, Barrow Street, and New American Writing. She has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and From the Fishouse. A graduate of Yale and George Mason University, Shaw is currently a student of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She and her pit bull enjoy scaring small children and eating chicken bones from under picnic tables.
by Maryrose Larkin from cure fraction the stranger in the margins soft & rooted her ideas wandering as is her habit her house has eaten me & kept me in awe
by Anne Shaw
& therefore the windows in which you must move
through hallways or rooms, their jittery
comeuppance, their glossy tabletops. What is a standard
occupation. No, really, define this. Is it self-
reliance? Conduit or spoon? That scrubbrush
ain’t done with its teething, its ache for, its hot
mess. I too have spent whole ages under the kitchen sink
erect with your comings and goings, my bristles tuned
to the latchkey & playing your favorite song. But this is how the body fails
its rest. In my eyes there are tiny funnels. In my ear
there’s a small, gross space. Meantime the grasses. Lakelight.
Creatures in the dirt-mounds. Small things. Burrowing, shining.
Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University 901 12th Avenue, Seattle Thursday 10/24/2013 Reading begins at 7pm Admission is free.
Portland poet Maryrose Larkin's books of poetry include Identification of Ghosts (Chax, 2013) and The Name of This Intersection is Frost (Shearsman Books, 2010). Larkin is a founding member of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective which has presented more than 150 writing events over a ten year period. She is also co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. Larkin has worked collaboratively with a variety of visual and musical artists, including the bands Kaya Onieda and Activity Universal Associations. She is currently working on "speaking buildings," a part of which is a collaboration with visual artist Anna Daedalus that was selected as part of the Art in Rural Storefronts project of Art Center of Corvallis.
Portland poet Standard Schaefer's books of poetry include The Notebook of False Purgatories (2011) and Water & Power (Agincourt, 2005). His first book of poetry, Nova, was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and published by Sun & Moon Press. Schaefer's poetry has been translated into Italian and anthologized internationally. He has co-edited several literary and arts journals including Ribot, New Review of Literature, Rhizome, and Or and has taught writing and literature at Otis College of Art in Los Angeles and California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
FRIDAY: Daedalus and Larkin
Circuit Rider Walking Reception and Talk
Reception and Artist
225 N. Main St,
Walking is a collaborative window installation that collages poetry and photographic
images by Anna Daedalus and Maryrose Larkin. This project combines Daedalus’
painterly images of Oregon landscape with the poem Circuit Rider Walking
written by Larkin about the town and people of Brownsville, its history and the
history of 333 North Main St. It is also a continuation of Larkin’s Speaking
Buildings - a literary installation project which creates site-specific poems
for buildings based on the intersection of the building’s windows, history and
language. For Daedalus, the project is part of the ongoing series, Night Tree.
As part of the NEA Rural Arts Initiative,Anna
Daedalusand I are creating a
site specific Speaking Buildings poem/collage for the building that once held
the Bank of Brownsville. The Art in Rural Storefronts project has also received
support from theOregon Arts
project, named Circuit Rider Walking, is a combination of rural Oregon nature
images and a poem I'm writing based on language found in the historical records
Although I haven't seen it yet, I'm so very happy to announce that my new book The Identification of Ghosts, has arrived in Portland.
I'll be reading at the Spare Room Chax Benefit Reading/Book Party at the Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209,this Friday. The event starts at6:30, and I'll be reading in the first set, likely around7:15. Chax readers from all over the Northwest will be here.
l. pringle lives in Oakland, CA. She is the
author of fault tree (winner of Omindawn's 1st/2nd book prize selected by CD
Wright), RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Heretical Texts/Factory School), The Stills
(Duration Press), and Temper and Felicity are lovers.(TAXT). Poems can be found
in Denver Quarterly, Epiphany, Fence, Mrs. Maybe, Phoebe, and fiction can be
found inManor House Quarterly and horse less review. Her work can also be found
in the anthologies Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War (WODV
Press), I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues), and The Sonnets: Rewriting Shakespeare (Nightboat
Books). In 2013, she was a very grateful recipient of a gift from the Fund for
Dunbar lives in Portland and helps run If Not
For Kidnap. His book, Eyelid Lick, won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets
Series prize, and his chapbook, Slow Motion German Adjectives, is
recently out from PDX-based Mammoth Editions. He teaches at Oregon Culinary
Institute in Goose Hollow.
temporary texts 12 x 16 gallery showing with 13 hats march 1 through 31st 3 receptions and more info here12 x 16 gallery 8235 SE 13th Ave. No. 5
Portland, Oregon 97202. This is part of a larger project in progress both inside and outside my head called "speaking buildings"
We look through windows into a larger
world, we look through panes of windows as if they were individual worlds, and
we also see our own reflections.
Language, weather and perception are similar constraints
And in again
For a window to function as language, for text to function as mirror,
for words to function as weather
This installation as a failure of materials a set of words
acting as imperceptible or barely legible or as if weather moving or as if
breathe moving or as if time
A building in need of a font to
describe and shelter
And out again
This is a the first in a series of window and text based
projects that explore the intersection of windows and texts
What happensbetween a person and a window?
The person sees the window, sees through the window, and sees
her self reflected in the window.
What happens between a person and a text?
The person reads the text, reads through the
text, and sees her self reflected in the text.
This installation owes much to Jai Milx (my ghost arms)
and to Lindsay Hill (instigator of the temporary text method) and to GLUK Fonts
(the creator of SPINWERAD—the open source font I chose to
represent the history of this building)
Portland poet Maryrose Larkin is author of Book of Ocean (ie press), The Name of this Intersection is Frost (Shearsman Books), Darc (FLASH+CARD), and Marrowing (airfoil). Her next book, The Identification of Ghosts, is forthcoming from Chax Press. She is a member of the Spare Room Collective, as well as a co-editor of Flash+Card press.
Maryrose is interested in moving through the procedural into the unknowable. Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Timescalled Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.”
Cobb’s work combines history, nonfiction narrative and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
a marathon reading of Barbara Guest's Collected Poems
3-8 p.m. each day
in the kitchen at YU
800 SE 10th Ave., Portland
On Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, YU and Spare Room will present a two-part marathon reading of The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest (Wesleyan, 2008). Now in its tenth year, Spare Room organizes a monthly reading series at various locations in Portland, focused on experimental poetry. In recent years they have hosted marathon readings each winter, inviting members of the community to lend their voices to a new rendition of an existing text. Recent marathons have been devoted to single book-length poems, including H.D.'s Helen in Egypt, Clark Coolidge's The Crystal Text, and Charles Olson's Maximus Poems; this year's marathon presents the lively and varied life's work of an influential poet who worked mainly in shorter forms.
Barbara Guest (1920-2006) was a poet, art critic, novelist and biographer often associated with the New York School(s) in poetry and painting. Her work reflects a lifelong engagement with modernism in visual art and music as well as in literature, and is marked by a unique combination of audacious abstraction, vivid synesthesia and comic energy. Her posthumous Collected Poems brings together over twenty books published between 1960 and 2005. Readers from Portland's poetry community will read the book aloud from beginning to end over two afternoon sessions, each beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing till about 8, at YU's spacious kitchen table. Listeners are encouraged to come and go as they please, stopping by for a few pages or a few hours.
understanding what it means
to understand music
cloudless movement beyond the neck's reach
an hypnotic lull in porcelain water break mimics
tonality crunch of sand under waddling
a small seizure
does not come or go with understanding
--Barbara Guest, from "Dissonance Royal Traveler"
Guest's language does not merely describe, it presents the reader with the means to see in an entirely new way.