Sunday, September 5

Anne Gorrick's I Formation Book I

My oldest friend and true coeval Anne Gorrick's I Formation (Book I) is out from Shearsman..

Anne, thank you for writing such a beautiful book.

Monday, August 16

CANCELLED: I'm reading with Sarah Giragosian and Jennifer Karmin in Albany!

I have a family crisis, and am unable to poet at this time....I'm so disappointed, but hope that you'll still go to the Albany reading.

Saturday, July 31

marrowing at Peep/Show


is up at Peep/Show

If there are any readers of this blog
they will notice that marrowing
is a radical rewriting of the
blogging bach pieces

marrowing is my next book, I think.

Thursday, July 22

House Reading at Sam's!

Sunday · 4:00pm - 8:30pm, July 24

Sam and Michaela's house
4025 SE Taylor St.
Portland, OR


Sunday, July 25th
4:00 pm

There will be snacks and drinks.

Jennifer Bartlett is the author of Derivative of the Moving Image (University of New Mexico Press). She lives in Brooklyn.

Susan Landers is the author of 248 mgs., a panic picnic and Covers, both from O Books. She was a co-editor of the journal Pom2.

Maryrose Larkin is the author of The Book of Ocean (i.e. Press) and The Name of This Intersection Is Frost (forthcoming from Shearsman Books).

Sunday, July 11

Portland Polyvocal Poetry July 18th!

Portland Polyvocal Poetry

Sunday, July 18th
2:00-4:00 pm

Ladd Circle
(SE 16th & Harrison, between Hawthorne & Division)


Performers, poets, and friends will gather to test the capability of the poem as conversation.

Many of the poems performed on Sunday will be from years past, and by poets no longer with us; others contemporary and presented by their authors. All will be performed by multiple voices, some by speaking or singing chorus, and several will include the opportunity for audience creativity and participation.

Please bring your own refreshments and accommodations for seating (towels or folding chairs).

Compositions by

David Abel
Kathy Acker
Endi Bogue Hartigan
Crg Hill
Bethany Ides
Jackson Mac Low
Jesse Morse
Jacqueline Motzer
Charles Olson
mARK oWEns
Chris Piuma
Leslie Scalapino
Nico Vassilakis
Karl Young

arranged and performed by

David Abel
Alicia Cohen
Tina Frost
Endi Bogue Hartigan
Crg Hill
Lindsay Hill
Bethany Ides
Maryrose Larkin
Devin Lucid
Jesse Morse
Jacqueline Motzer
Morgan A. Ritter
Standard Schaefer
Michael Weaver
David Weinberg
James Yeary

Thursday, May 20

I'm reading with Beverly Dahlen on Saturday in Tucson

I'm reading with one of my heros, for one of my heroes...please come

A POETRY READING presented by Chax Press

at The Drawing Studio
33 S 6th Ave, Tucson (on 6th Ave downtown, between Broadway & Congress)
7pm Saturday, May 22, 2010
FREE ADMISSION ( a donation will be requested )
Selected books available for purchase
Refreshment provided
Question & Answer Session following the reading
Call 520-620-1626 for more information

Chax Press events are funded in part by the Tucson Pima Arts Council and by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. This event is also supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.

BEVERLY DAHLEN was born in Portland in November, 1934, attended public schools there, and after the end of World War II, moved with her family to Eureka, California. In 1956, she resettled in San Francisco. Her first collection of poetry, Out of the Third, was published by Momo's Press in 1974. Two chapbooks, A Letter at Easter (Effie's Press) and The Egyptian Poems (Hipparchia Press) were followed in 1985 by the publication of A Reading 1-7 (Momo's Press). Since then, three more volumes of A Reading have appeared (including A Reading 8-10 from Chax Press), as well as the chapbook A-reading Spicer & Eighteen Sonnets (Chax Press). Her essay "Beauty: Another Reading" recently appeared in Crayon 5. Ms. Dahlen was a cofounder, with Kathleen Fraser and Frances Jaffer, of the influential avant feminist poetics newsletter (HOW)ever ; in December of 2008 her work was honored by Small Press Traffic with their annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Beverly Dahlen is one of the major reasons I have been a poet, one of the great pleasures I have as a reader, one of the lights that keeps me going as a publisher and human being. Her investigation is into the relation of language and language creation to being human. She is funny, political, deeply psychological. She explores the vast nothingness that exists in the universe, the unending dimensions of time and space. She makes me laugh and cry, she makes me think about what it is to think, what it is to be. She challenges me, and she rewards that challenge immensely. Her readings are an invitation to truly exist, i.e. to be there, listening and thinking, with all that one has to give. That is what she does, and that is what she allows us to do.

MARYROSE LARKIN lives in Portland, Oregon, 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) and DARC (FLASH+CARD, 2009). Larkin is one of the organizers of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. Her new book, The Name of This Intersection is Frost, is forthcoming from Shearsman Books.

Wednesday, May 5

bitter imago

Puncture: red candy apple subcutaneous bitter or amber side faltering ember flawed

Icarus: is a word she can’t remember stirring green to yellow the profound push to red fingertips outlined against the eyelids.

drops dead over and over again
and winds up staring through limbs alive at blue

Imago Bitter: The main character is a self hating continent.

The Main Character: during afternoon so flawed. The afterimage of being alive.

Icarus: To cover the eyes and stutter into the future.

Imago Bitter: The main character is bathed in burnished knowing forward head first down in ruins and numb.
She falters and her hands surround the head

New Ember: sorrow to forward head first. She hears crows thinks Icarus

Imago Bitter: blue ladder back chair, and its reflection in panic and utter panic
Feckless admission in her throat a specter rise and sets

The Main Character writes

Dear new ember,

Heaven to hollow out fall.

So few words at 2:34. I am a real added to an imaginary where the imaginary is not zero. Ember stay warm, during this winter where we move towards and away the afternoon has filtered out roof lines and
tile lights and a life I can’t imagine and can’t recant.

Take Care,

The Main Character

Saturday, February 20


I'll be performing DARC a neo-benshi for voice and language master at this reading....please come if you'd like!

Larkin, Hill and Coleman at 3 Friends Coffee House Monday, February 22nd (part of the caffeinated art series)

SE 12th and Ash
Portland, OR

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, Forthcoming). Maryrose is one of the organizers of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press.

Jen Coleman is a Portland poet transplanted from Minnesota by way of Wisconsin, DC and then New York. She’s the author of the chapbook Propinquity, and her work has appeared in many excellent journals including Chain, Ixnay and Tangent. She has co-edited the former literary journal Pom-Pom and co-hosted the In Your Ear reading series in DC.

Lindsay Hill was born in San Francisco and is a graduate of Bard College. His published books include Avelaval (Oyez, Berkeley), Archaeology (St. Luke’s, Memphis), Kill Series (Arundel Press, Los Angeles) NdjenFerno (Vatic Hum, San Francisco) and Contango (Singing Horse Press, San Diego). Lindsay lives in Portland, OR with his wife, the painter Nita Hill, and their two children, Ian and Helena.