[Local events] Kathleen Fraser and Michael Kelleher, This Sunday 9/30
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Mon Sep 24 10:28:24 PDT 2007
Spare Room presents
Sunday, September 30th, 7:30 pm
New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny
$5.00 suggested donation
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10/19 Patrick Durgin / Jen Hofer / Dolores Dorantes / Jesse Seldes
12/9 Ken Rumble / Susan Briante
Kathleen Fraser has published seventeen books of poems, most recently W
I T N E S S , a letterpress sequence with linoleum prints by Nancy Tokar
Miller (Chax); Discrete Categories Forced into Coupling (Apogee); and hi
dde violeth i dde violet (Nomados). Her collected essays, Translating
the Unspeakable, Poetry and the Innovative Necessity, are part of the
Contemporary Poetics Series from University of Alabama Press, and her
Selected Poems, 1970-1995, il cuore : the heart, is available from
Wesleyan University Press. A recent interview with Fraser can be found
at Jacket magazine online
In 1973, Fraser founded The American Poetry Archives during her tenure
as Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University.
Between 1983 and 1992, she published and edited HOW(ever), a journal for
poets and scholars interested in modernist/ innovative directions in
writing by women -- updated to the current electronic journal How2 :
Fraser currently teaches in the graduate writing program at California
College of the Arts/SF and lives for five months of each year in Italy,
reading and lecturing widely on American poetry and actively translating
work by contemporary Italian poets.
//Michael Kelleher is the author of two collections of poems from
BlazeVOX: the just-released Human Scale (2007), and To Be Sung (2005),
as well as the chapbooks Cuba (Phylum), Bacchanalia (Quinella: Three
Poems Series), and The Necessary Elephant (Ota Molloy).
Kelleher's poems and essays have appeared at the Poetry Foundation
Website, and in Brooklyn Rail, Ecopoetics, The Poetry Project
Newsletter, Kiosk, Rampike, Queen St. Quarterly, verdure, murmur, The
Transcendental Friend, Lagniappe, and others. With Ammiel Alcalay, he
runs 'OlsonNow,' a project (including events and a blog) dedicated to
the poetry and poetics of Charles Olson. He lives in Buffalo, NY, where
he works as Artistic Director for Just Buffalo Literary Center and edits
the artist book/poet's press Elevator.
The interior stress of a leaf was forming its own new section
when the hotel came under renovation. Steps led downward
to a drawing of trees, at least in the early draft pinned to his light box.
The architect described in his notes what he thought they wanted,
the clients equal to stargazers or foreign diplomats and wives of
officials from Milano, and he felt that something should happen
on the stairs, an event or motion, as if to rush towards
that noise of the entire tree in stress.
-- Kathleen Fraser
The night has come,
The human scale
Is tipped, the rut,
The groove, the frame
Of mind forming
Out of themselves
Out of the heart’s
A single tolling note --
Clouds drift overhead
Slow, white --
In these moving shapes
A hidden ultimatum
Moves. One looks to
And listens for, say,
A future, in which
One imagines what is
Spoken has meaning, is
Carried over, as over
A causeway to a city
About to be sacked.
Around him now
The temple starts to burn.
He is singing.
/What is he singing?/
He is singing.
/Why is he singing?/
He is singing.
From lowered eyes
A touch of malice
Twinkles. In lips’
In cheeks’ checked
Bloom -- a word,
A tone, a measure.
It might be true
The thing I hunger for
Is here in all its fullness,
And just out of reach.
Only give me
The name that
Calls it forth
To frighten and amaze
By the spectacle
Of its own privation.
The invisible sun
Within flickers still.
It burns. Let it burn.
For no one.
-- Michael Kelleher
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