[Local events] Reminder: Philip Whalen celebration, Saturday 3/29

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Mar 27 21:00:52 PDT 2008

Reed College and Wesleyan University Press present

A reading and celebration for the publication 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 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

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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