[Local events] Reminder: Sun. 5/17, Schelling & Stirling

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Tue May 12 17:15:52 PDT 2009

Spare Room presents

an evening of poetry, translation, and music, with

*Andrew Schelling*
poet & preeminent translator of the classical poetry of India

*Michael Stirling*
composer and North Indian classical vocalist

*Sunday, May 17*
7:30 pm

*TLC (The Little Church)*
5138 NE 23rd (one block north of Alberta, at Sumner)

$5.00 suggested donation

spareroom at flim.com


Upcoming Readings

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


*Andrew Schelling* is the author, translator, or editor of sixteen 
books. He has taught at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School since 
1990, and served as its chair from 1993-1996. The preeminent translator 
into English of classical Indian poetry, among his translations are 
/Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India/, which received the Academy 
of American Poets translation award in 1992, and /For Love of the Dark 
One: Songs of Mirabai/. His own poetry is rooted in studies of natural 
history, mythology, Asian literary traditions, and life in the American 
West. His most recent title of poetry, /Old Tale Road/, came out this 
year. Other titles include the essay collection /Wild Form, Savage 
Grammar/, and an anthology, /The Wisdom Anthology of North American 
Buddhist Poetry/. Recently he has edited a collection of India's 
devotional poetry for Oxford University Press, India. At Naropa he 
teaches poetry, Sanskrit, and wilderness writing. He is also on the arts 
faculty of Deer Park Institute, Himachal Pradesh, India.

*Michael Stirling* is a composer, teacher, and vocalist. He began the 
study of North Indian (Hindustani) classical vocal music with Pandit 
Pran Nath in 1983, subsequently traveling with him to India and becoming 
his disciple. After Pran Nath's death in 1996, Michael continued study 
and practice with Pran Nath's senior American student, renowned composer 
and performer Terry Riley. Michael has also studied and performed with 
Ustad Hafizullah Khan, Sri Karunamayee, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Lakshmi 
Shankar, Steve Gorn, Benjy Wertheimer, Rik Masterson, Gina Sala, Shanti 
Shivani, Uday Bhalwalker, the Gundecha Brothers, and others. At the 
urging of his teacher, Michael offers instruction in North Indian 
classical vocal music to individual students and small groups in 
Portland, Oregon, and other locations. Michael's compositions for 
soloists and chamber ensembles have been performed throughout the 
Pacific Northwest.


Over the course of a hundred stanzas
we pass through love seven times
hence seven thorn points
The Sea of Okhotsk
a shell worn smooth by water
here is a thimble
a feather from likely the
rufous-sided towhee
which bathes in fog
or juniper canyon dew
out where I plan to bury the medicine packet
That coyote keeps getting closer
closer & more blue

*Andrew Schelling*
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