[Local events] Thu 8/6: Need, Donahue, & Harris

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Mon Jul 27 16:52:11 PDT 2015

/*Spare Room <http://www.flim.com/spareroom>*//*presents*/

*David Need, Joseph Donahue, & Ally Harris
*Thursday**, August 6*
7:00 pm

*Mother Foucault's Bookshop* <https://www.facebook.com/MotherFoucaults>
523 SE Morrison

$5 suggested donation

*David Need*'s two new books are /Roses/ (translations of late French 
poems by Rilke, from Horse & Buggy Press) and /Offshore St. Mark /(a 
chapbook of poems, from Three Count Pour). He teaches in the Departments 
of Religion and Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University, and his 
poetry and essays on poetry have appeared in /Hambone, Talisman, Golden 
Handcuffs Review, Spoke, /and/Oyster Boy./ Since 2009, he has curated an 
occasional long-poem reading series, "Arcade Taberna."

*Joseph Donahue*'s most recent books of poetry are /Red Flash on a Black 
Field/ (Black Square Editions) and the forthcoming volumes, /Dark 
Church/, the third volume of an ongoing poem, /Terra Lucida /(Verge 
Editions), and /Wind Maps,/ a book length sequence (Talisman). He lives 
in Durham, North Carolina, and teaches at Duke University.
**Ally Harris* is the author of two chapbooks, /Her Twin Was After Me/ 
(Slim Princess Holdings, 2014) and /Floor Baby/ (dancing girl press, 
2011). She is the poetry editor of Heavy Feather Review and submission, 
a new reading series in Portland curated by blind online submission.


Too full of your dream,
flower with so many within,
damp as one who weeps,
you lean towards the dawn.
Your sweet powers, that sleep
in an unsettled longing,
unfold these tender forms
between cheeks and breasts.

*Rainer Maria Rilke*
translated by *David Need*


/                 minor lives/

Every Shabbat, the Mesopotamians; how they died out, how their myths run 
riot, on TV, in the movies, in national life, how all violence and 
disorder is from them. Before they left the world they fucked it over 
for good, he says, as much as says, in his intellectual way, as he is 
very smart, our rabbi, for the theological seminary in Cincinnati he 
turned down Harvard. The opening lines of Genesis failed to defeat them. 
Now their Creation story rules us, he says. Now, we are slaves of gods 
who made us by murdering a horrible demon, wringing her blood into the 
ground, then sculpting us from that mud.

*Joseph Donahue*

*Adjust Toward the Memory Glass Where Much Has Been Painted Out **
**by a Predeliction for Now*

Well, well. A haunting paranoia
half-cocked/one hand

in the blackberry: when, then

do we move to completion? A gauzy ringing
in the serpentarium
dressed with grenadine

I sat you down

in the lazulite, limber organ

of the glade & sang

to you among the ashen birds

of paradise
but there was no record of the sound.

*Ally Harris*

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