[Local events] Sat. 4/12: Daniels/Abel, Tangent Reading Series

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Apr 3 09:15:34 PDT 2008

(Note: this is Chris Daniels' first reading in Portland in four and a 
half years, and one of the few that he's given since the publication of 
his extraordinary translation of the Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro, 
by Fernando Pessoa.)

The Tangent Reading Series presents

Chris Daniels & David Abel

Sat. April 12
7:00 p.m.

Clinton Corner Cafe
2633 SE 21st Ave. in Portland

Admission is free

Come early, and have dinner, if you like. Please stay after and join us 
for conversation and festivities!


The perfervidly anti-capitalist, godless, internationalist son of 
well-known language-artist maestro David Daniels, CHRIS DANIELS was born 
in NYC in 1956. He dropped out of high school to become a dishwasher and 
never bothered with college. He worked as a cook and played electric 
bass guitar for many years. In 1980, he moved to the San Francisco Bay 
Area, where he still lives and sells his labor at a terrible loss. For 
reasons still unclear to him, he passed the GED and received a high 
school diploma in 1996. His translation, The Collected Poems of Alberto 
Caeiro, by Fernando Pessoa, has just been published by Shearsman. In 
2003, Manifest Press published his translation of selected poems by 
Josely Vianna Baptista, On The Shining Screen of the Eyelids. He is 
working on a huge, fascicular anthology of Lusophone poetry, which he 
publishes and distributes to friends in very small, cheaply produced 

DAVID ABEL is an editor, bookseller, raga singer, and poker player 
residing in Portland, Oregon. He was the proprietor of the obscure yet 
beloved Bridge Bookshop in New York City in the late 1980s, and Passages 
Bookshop & Gallery in Albuquerque in the mid 1990s. He has collaborated 
with book artists, composers, filmmakers, and other writers on objects, 
performances, and installations, and in recent years has appeared in 
productions with local  experimental theater companies such as defunkt 
and Liminal. In 2006 he curated the exhibition By All Means: Artsts 
Books & Objects for the New American Art Union, editing and producing a 
collection of multiples by the same name. His recent publications 
include the chapbooks Twenty- (Crane's Bill), Let Us Repair (wax paper 
scissors), and Black Valentine (Chax), with an as-yet-untitled 
full-length collection of poetry forthcoming from Chax.

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