[Local events] The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest: a marathon reading, 2/11-2/12

Sam Lohmann peachesandbats at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 18:44:07 PST 2012


*a marathon reading of Barbara Guest's Collected Poems*

*February 11-12*

*3-8 p.m. each day*

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*in the kitchen at YU*

*800 SE 10th Ave., Portland*

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*free*



On Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, YU
<http://www.yucontemporary.org>and Spare Room will present a two-part
marathon reading of
*The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest *(Wesleyan, 2008). Now in its tenth
year, Spare Room <http://www.flim.com/spareroom> organizes a monthly
reading series at various locations in Portland, focused on experimental
poetry. In recent years they have hosted marathon readings each winter,
inviting members of the community to lend their voices to a new rendition
of an existing text. Recent marathons have been devoted to single
book-length poems, including H.D.'s *Helen in Egypt*, Clark Coolidge's *The
Crystal Text,* and Charles Olson's *Maximus Poems*; this year's marathon
presents the lively and varied life's work of an influential poet who
worked mainly in shorter forms.



Barbara Guest (1920-2006) was a poet, art critic, novelist and biographer
often associated with the New York School(s) in poetry and painting. Her
work reflects a lifelong engagement with modernism in visual art and music
as well as in literature, and is marked by a unique combination of
audacious abstraction, vivid synesthesia and comic energy. Her
posthumous *Collected
Poems* brings together over twenty books published between 1960 and
2005. Readers from Portland's poetry community will read the book aloud
from beginning to end over two afternoon sessions, each beginning at 3 p.m.
and continuing till about 8, at YU's spacious kitchen table. Listeners are
encouraged to come and go as they please, stopping by for a few pages or a
few hours.



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*              understanding what it means*

*              to understand music*

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*cloudless movement       beyond the neck's reach*

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*an hypnotic lull in porcelain          water break          mimics*

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*tonality       crunch of sand under waddling*

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*               a small seizure               *

*               from monumentality*

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*               **does not come or go with understanding*

*         --Barbara Guest, from "Dissonance Royal Traveler"*

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*Guest's language does not merely describe, it presents the reader with the
means to see in an entirely new way. *

*--Erica Kaufman, Poetry Project Newsletter*

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Other Upcoming Readings:

February 5: Joseph Lease and Jamalieh Haley (at Open Space Café)

March 11: Jen Tynes, Jen Denrow and Dan Singer

April 29: Cloud Shepherd (Andrew Joron, Joseph Noble and Brian Lewis)

May 27: Dan Thomas-Glass and Phoebe Wayne

June 16: Brandon Brown, Alli Warren and Zosia Wiatr
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