[Local events] Saturday & Sunday, 7/19-20: Steve Dickison & Susan Gevirtz

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Sun Jul 13 23:14:11 PDT 2008

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College
in association with the current exhibition

"Jess: To and From the Printed Page"

present an audiovisually illustrated lecture

*"Eye of the Ear: Jess and the Poets"*

by Steve Dickison

both preceded and followed by music, featuring
the Flash Choir performing Sarah Dougher,
and Tim DuRoche & Co.

Saturday, July 19, 7:00 pm
Reed College Chapel, Elliot Hall
Admission free


Spare Room presents a poetry reading by

*Steve Dickison & Susan Gevirtz*

Sunday, July 20, 7:30 pm

Full details below!


"Jess: To and From the Printed Page" is currently on view through Sunday 
July 20
at the Cooley Art Gallery, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

This traveling exhibition brings together collages, paintings, drawings, 
illustrated books, video, audio, and archival materials, to give an 
overview of the activity of California artist Jess Collins, lifelong 
partner of poet Robert Duncan and one of the great twentieth century 
practitioners of collage and allied arts.

As part of a closing event for the show, on Saturday July 19th members 
of the Flash Choir will perform a new choral work by Sarah Dougher 
(based on the Robert Duncan and Jess book Caesar's Gate), commissioned 
by the Cooley Art Gallery.

Following this performance, Steve Dickison, Director of the Poetry 
Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, 
will give a lecture on Jess and the poets, illustrated with slides and 
audio excerpts from the Archives:

/This talk illuminates the world and work of the poets in response to 
whose poetry Jess made original art, from the early post-World War II 
San Francisco milieu till the mid-1990s. By featuring original audio 
recordings from the Poetry Center Archives, audiences hear rare recorded 
voices of Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Helen Adam, visitors to San 
Francisco such as Charles Olson, and Jess himself, alongside later 
inheritors of that tradition. The talk will also situate Jess among 
other local artists who created original works in response to and in 
collaboration with poets, Jess’s contemporaries Wallace Berman, Bruce 
Conner, Fran Herndon, Robert LaVigne, among others, and pay tribute to 
the innovative publishers who made the actual books, too often 
overlooked as artists themselves./

The lecture will be followed by a reception on the Reed College Lawn, 
with musical guests Tim DuRoche & Co.

The event is free and open to the public.


Then . . . Spare Room presents
a poetry reading by

Steve Dickison and Susan Gevirtz

Sunday July 20, 7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

spareroom at flim.com


Steve Dickison has directed the Poetry Center and American Poetry 
Archives at San Francisco State University since 1999. A poet and 
writer, with special focus on the history of poetry and related arts in 
San Francisco, he curated the exhibition Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area 
Interactions 1954–2004 at the California Historical Society, during 
Winter 2005, and more recently the exhibition Recent Visitors: Poets & 
Publishing on the Bolinas Scene in the Seventies at the Book Club of 
California. Editor-publisher of the small press Listening Chamber, he 
also co-edits, with David Meltzer, /Shuffle Boil/, an occasional music 
magazine with poet/artist/musician contributors. /Disposed/, a book of 
poetry, was published by Post Apollo Press in 2007.

Susan Gevirtz's most recent books include /THRALL/ (Post Apollo) and 
/Omatic & After St. John/ (dpress), and she has books forthcoming from 
Kelsey Street, Trafficker, and eohippus labs. She was an assistant 
professor for ten years at Sonoma State University, and now teaches in 
the MFA in Poetry program at Mills College. With Greek poet Siarita 
Kouka she runs The Paros Symposium on the island of Paros, an annual 
meeting of poets and translators from Greece and the United States.


*‘the friend’*

that the bird with the enormous velvet nerve-body
articulated legs more like an insect than I knew
greedy mouth wanted to feed out of my mouth
apparently they are always hungry
“what they are screaming is /ada ada/ the word for pain”
the verb was the same as in spanish /ayudar/
echo’d “are you there?” or in arabic /wadada/

“tears become pears for mothers to feed their children”

/19iii08 for McN/

*Steve Dickison*

*In this place which Legend Posits *

A silence fell upon the land. More quiet than a map. The sounds of place 
having to do with the irreducibility and seamlessness of story. Airlines 
want us to forget this. One body feeds sleep to the one next to it. And 
the next imagines it as her own. For example.

*Susan Gevirtz*

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