[Local events] Corinne Fitzpatrick & Geneva Chao, Wed. 4/4, Concordia

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Tue Mar 27 22:46:17 PDT 2007

Spare Room presents

Corinne Fitzpatrick

Geneva Chao

Wednesday, April 4th, 7:30 pm
Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5 suggested donation

spareroom at flim.com

Upcoming readings

(please note: readings this spring take place in several venues)

Sun. 4/22 Susanne Dyckman / Rob Schlegel   New American Art Union
Thurs. 4/26 Charles Alexander / tba   tba

Sat. 5/12 Wig magazine pub. party w/Kit Robinson, Tim Shaner, et al.   
Concordia Coffee House
Sun. 5/20 Rachel Zolf / Elizabeth Treadwell   New American Art Union

Sun. 6/17 Publication party: Maryrose Larkin / Catherine Daly / Donna 
(A Portland - Los Angeles - Berlin summit, with new books from all three 


Corrine Fitzpatrick is the author of the chapbook "On Melody Dispatch"
(Goodbye Better, 2007) and the forthcoming "Zamboagueña" (sona books,
2007). Other poems appear in or on The Brooklyn Rail, EOAGH, Cock Now
and sonaweb. She is the Program Assistant and Friday Late Night Series
Coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC and she
lives in Brooklyn.

Geneva Chao is the former editor of flux, and has published work in
Boxkite, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Word for Word, Diagram, and others.
She has contributed translations to Roof Books' anthology of the late
Christophe Tarkos's work, Ma Langue est Poétique and to the DoubleChange
collective's Paris reading series. She has a chapbook forthcoming from
Taxt Press in Oakland.


    O, cigarette
    I smoke you
    from bo blow    
    this side of
    the action

    fail to tender consequence
    fail to fight
    the fight
    monetary might
    sooth rectify
    my rump

    an ass you are
    our precedent

      (excerpt from "On Melody Dispatch")

      --  Corinne Fitzpatrick

    april in paris

    a frame within which the limitations of promiscuity devolve.  an
    unnumbered classroom outside of which you find the book you lost in
    eighth grade.  une invitation à la valse.  a host of mythological
    figures who await you with towels and lozenges.  the libraries of
    perpetuity.  the crookedness of sunlit mornings.    the thought that
    the sun will not hurt you in this place.  the innocence of discrete
    porcelain measurements.  a proposition based upon the idea that life
    is as it is in novels.  a proposition based upon the novel.  an
    endearment of forwardness.  the hope for a better tomorrow.   the
    shockingness of the idea of a   tomorrow.  an accumulation of greed
    augmented by habit.  a velvety white paper en dépit de tout ça.  the
    dulcet tones of stereolab on the rue du faubourg st-antoine.  the
    efforts of a full stop.  the best w.c. this side of tokyo.  a
    fascination with the fastidious and with the vertiginous sandwich.
    a voluptuousness of wheelbarrows full of orange fruit.  a
    reconfiguration of the fork as   ornament.  a reamplification of the
    potential for violence.   an embarassment of red blazers and
    conventions of deference.  the recurrence of clémentines as a
    variation on a theme by nietzsche. the willingness to spell
    'nietzsche' in foreign alphabets. the disorder of spring showers.
    the disapparition of nationality.  a warning against tooth decay.
    the insistance of a man who speaks in tongues.  the insistence on
    the significance of tongues.  an importunate assortment of tourists
    forming a chateau-fort around the bathroom.  a vase of sangria with
    two   straws.  the inevitability of coffee.  an association of
    hairstyle with national origin.  a disavowal of national origin.
    the effusion of unrestrained gesture.  the tightening of a circle.
    a tightening of knuckles.  the insistence on kissing as many cheeks
    as possible.  the omission of the 'r.'  a threat of horreurs variés
    en sirop by south asian spies.  the concept of the spy novel
    refigured to include linen heists and clandestine appliances.  a man
    with a face like a newborn ostrich.  a man with a face like the love
    of your life.  a   disappointment of proustian proportions.  a
    disgust with all notions of proportion.  an embarassment of
    resemblance.  a velvety midnight aux éclats de noisettes.  the
    proposal that we mix words and pictures.  the proposal that we mix
    cells and   fronts.  the proposal that we cross-pollinate.  an
    abnegation of proposals.  the tendency to remain untouched by human
    hands.  a standing offer of contact   sports.  the formation of an
    organisation to make all of this possible.  a frame within which the
    limitations of possibility dissolve.

      -- Geneva Chao

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