[Local events] Sat 3/4: Steven Seidenberg & Norma Cole

Passages Bookshop david at passagesbookshop.com
Tue Feb 28 21:49:21 PST 2017

Spare Room <http://flim.com/spareroom> & Passages Bookshop present a 
poetry reading by

    *Steven Seidenberg & Norma Cole*

as part of the opening reception for

    */B//ERLIN PIPEVALVES/: Photographs by Steven Seidenberg*

*Saturday, March 4*
7:30 pm
(reception from 6:00 - 9:00 pm)

*Passages Bookshop* <http://www.passagesbookshop.com>
1223 NE MLK

Photographer, painter, and writer *Steven Seidenberg* 
<http://www.sjseidenberg.com> has exhibited and read his work in the 
United States, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. He is known for his 
photographs in series, the subjects of which include the adhesive tape 
found on the floors and walls of Tokyo subway stations, cemetery 
dumpsters in Prague, and discarded hospital furniture in Chiang Mai, 
Thailand. He is the author of /Itch/ (RAW ArT Press); a work of lyric, 
philosophical prose; /Null Set /(Spooky Actions Books), a collection of 
lineated verse; and numerous other chapbooks of verse and aphorism. 
/Pipevalve: Berlin 
/is the first book primarily focused on his photographs.

*Norma Cole*’s books of poetry include /Win These Posters and Other 
Unrelated Prizes Inside/, /Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 
1988—2008/, /Spinoza in Her Youth/ and, most recently, /Actualities/, 
her collaboration with painter Marina Adams. /TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & 
Talks/ appeared in 2010. Her translations from the French include 
Danielle Collobert’s /It Then/, Collobert’s /Journals/, /Crosscut 
Universe: Writing on Writing from France/ (edited and translated by 
Cole), Jean Daive’s /A Woman with Several Lives/, and Daive’s first 
book, /White Decimal/. Cole lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

*Still Today*

    /for Bill Berkson/

It’s still today
Be still

Is it far where you are?
Beyond the furthermores and the afterwards

Sway me now
Notice the hook

Or failed star
Or jailed target

The force of it
User interface blindsided

Or neurological space
It has a logic to it, you could

Force an elegy: social practice
The war, the cold river water

Formation, disruption, the lamp
Suddenly begins to flicker

So keep on
Proposing paradise

*Norma Cole*

*from **/Troth/*

No affect of ascendancy, no claim to prepossession. This fable will not 
yield up
its prerogative to an inventory of its narrator’s traits—and that, 
again, not for
some daring ruse of deference, but for knowing that such claims must first
mistake the happy circumstance of prescience for the parasitic fealty of a
selfdom fit to size. She must progress, who finds a path, she must march
stalwart into . . .

*Steven Seidenberg

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