[Local events] [reminder] Sunday, 2/5: Haley & Lease read for Spare Room

Sam Lohmann peachesandbats at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 18:50:24 PST 2012

Spare Room <http://www.flim.com/spareroom> presents a poetry reading by
*Jamalieh Haley*
*Joseph Lease*

Sunday, February 5th
*7:30 PM
Open Space Cafe <http://openspacecafe.com/>
2815 SE Holgate

$5.00 suggested donation


Upcoming Readings

February 11-12
Barbara Guest's Collected Poems
March 11
Jen Tynes, Jen Denrow, Dan Singer
April 29
Cloud Shepherd: Andrew Joron, Joseph Noble,  Brian Lucas
May 27
Dan Thomas-Glass, Phoebe Wayne
June 16
Brandon Brown, Alli Warren


Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include Testify (Coffee
House Press, 2011), Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007), and Human
Rights(Talisman House, second edition forthcoming). Lease's poems "'Broken
World' (For James Assatly)" and "Send My Roots Rain" have been
selected for Postmodern
American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Second Edition).  "'Broken World' (For
James Assatly)" was also selected for The Best American Poetry 2002.
Lease was born in Chicago, and attended Columbia University, Brown
University, and Harvard University.  He has received The Academy of
American Poets Prize, The Henry Evans Fellowship in Poetry, and Fellowships
and grants in poetry and poetics from Columbia University, Harvard
University, Brown University, and California College of the Arts.  He is a
Professor of Writing and Literature at California College of the Arts and a
member of the Advisory Board of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and

Jamalieh Haley lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates If Not For
Kidnap Poetry series. Her work has been published in Poetry Miscellany,
Birds & Whistles, Folio, Poor Claudia, and Small Doggies, and shown at
various gallery spaces such as PLACE, Research Club, and Recess. She
currently teaches writing and works on several manuscripts at the same time
-- a method that has its consequences. She's a graduate of Vermont College
of Fine Art.


my scream is a brand name:

blue -- for a while --

elm trees and summer and birch trees and sky, elm trees and summer and
birch trees and sky: expensive houses, expensive houses dying: this lack of
justice I acknowledge mine --

America, one extra summer night -- he wants to (you know) feel like a giant
eyeball --

Joseph Lease


You have already changed me

look, my dress

is a little white bomb

of outer space

that will slowly murder

the graceful museum

of objects

we are dedicated to preserving

but we are dedicated to preserving

that moment without objects

which pleads the nightmare

to produce breathable air

body I fold

my body into

just back down

the stairs of blackness

out of my little white dress

already exploded

Jamalieh Haley*
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