[Local events] FW: Celebrate Philip Whalen at Reed College, Portland, OR

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Wed Mar 12 12:07:07 PDT 2008

Reed College and Wesleyan University Press present

A celebration for the release of

The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen
Saturday, March 29th
7:30 PM

Reed College
Eliot Chapel
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Free and open to the public. 
A reception will follow the event. 

For more information call 503-777-7755 or e-mail cep at reed.edu

Participants will include Pancho Savery, Michael Rothenberg, David Meltzer,
David Abel, Terri Carrion, Hammond Guthrie, Rodney Koeneke, Moshe Lenske,
Kaia Sand, Lindsay Hill, and Gay Walker. 

The mountain is THERE (between two lakes) 
I brought back a piece of its rock 
Heavy dark-honey color 
With a seam of crystal, some of the quartz 
Stained by its matrix 
Practically indestructible 
A shift from opacity to brilliance 
(The Zenbos say, "Lightning-flash & flint-spark") Like the mountains where
it was made
What we see of the world is the mind's 
Invention and the mind 
Though stained by it, becoming 
Rivers, sun, mule-dung, flies- 
Can shift instantly 
A dirty bird in a square time 
REALLY gone 
Into the cool 
Like they say, "Four times up, 
Three times down." I'm still on the mountain. 
-from Sourdough Mountain Lookout

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