[Local events] Sun. 5/10: Beverly Dahlen & David Abel

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Spare Room presents

Beverly Dahlen
David Abel

Sunday, May 10
7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

spareroom at flim.com


Upcoming Readings

May 17: Andrew Schelling & music by Michael Stirling

June 4: Jim McCrary & James Yeary
June 14: Anne Gorrick & Deborah Woodard

July tba: Jennifer Bartlett & Sarah Mangold
July 12: Farrah Field & Jared White

August tba: Norma Cole & Lindsay Hill
August 16: Graham Foust & Eric Baus


Beverly Dahlen was born in Portland in November, 1934, attended public 
schools there, and after the end of World War II, moved with her family 
to Eureka, California. In 1956, she resettled in San Francisco. Her 
first collection of poetry, Out of the Third, was published by Momo’s 
Press in 1974. Two chapbooks, A Letter at Easter (Effie’s Press) and The 
Egyptian Poems (Hipparchia Press) were followed in 1985 by the 
publication of A Reading 1-7 (Momo’s Press). Since then, three more 
volumes of A Reading have appeared, as well as the chapbook A-reading 
Spicer & Eighteen Sonnets (Chax Press). Her essay “Beauty: Another 
Reading” recently appeared in Crayon 5. Ms. Dahlen was a co-founder, 
with Kathleen Fraser and Frances Jaffer, of the feminist poetics 
newsletter (HOW)ever; in December of 2008 her work was honored by Small 
Press Traffic with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

David Abel was born in Salt Lake City in November, 1956, and schooled 
there and in South Florida, Eastern California, the Mid-Hudson Valley, 
and the Rio Grande Valley. After tenures in New York City and 
Albuquerque (where he established the Bridge Bookshop, and Passages 
Bookshop & Gallery, respectively), he relocated to Portland in 1997. He 
is the author of numerous artists's books and objects -- including Rose, 
Selected Durations, and Threnos (with Katherine Kuehn), and Let Us 
Repair and While You Were In (with Anna & Leo Daedalus) -- and several 
chapbooks, including Black Valentine (Chax) and Twenty- (Crane's Bill). 
His most recent chapbook, Commonly, will premiere at this reading, along 
with two new issues (one for each reader) of the broadside journal 
Envelope, which he edits.


Thoughtless as shadow
The ground of shadow
One wouldn't would
One want

All one wants
And then what
The light across the lake
And the eye creates space
The distance
Which is not

Not only
That but
All one

-- Beverly Dahlen

(from Sweep)


A snapshot -- a freeze frame -- a thread (or is it a needle?) drawn 
through the entire world: every person, anywhere (let's say), entering a 
building at this moment.

They are (they were) an army, a religion, a dance, an analysis, a race, 
and an extinction.

-- David Abel

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