April 9, 2014

John Beer & CAConrad

Reading & book launch for
Poems (1962-1997) by Robert Lax, edited by John Beer

Sunday, April 27
7:30 pm

Glyph Café and Art Space
804 NW Couch (North Park Blocks)
Portland, Oregon
503-719-5481

$5 suggested donation

John Beer will read from the book he edited: Robert Lax, Poems (1962-1997) (Wave Books, 2013). John is the author of The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium, 2010), which won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos for two years in the late 1990s, where he served as literary assistant to Robert Lax. He currently teaches creative writing at Portland State University; previously, he reviewed theater for Time Out Chicago

CAConrad is the author of six books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (WAVE Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010).  A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online at CAConrad.blogspot.com


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dow                                         si

ska                                          chord


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from Poems (1962-1997) by Robert Lax, edited by John Beer
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READING STARLIGHT
     WITH ONE EYE
     LIKE CREELEY


hearing all bells at 
once instructs the final exhale
Camelot in thimble of the gods
Marilyn Monroe's ambulance
lost on the way to the palace of temperament
a branch of government for the magical arts
punch wall of forest for
an oaken
desk
another dream we 
needed agitating the
sentence as it rows across a
newly destroyed heart folding
following tormenting one another
we were all once young and
beautiful squandering everything
it's what we came here to do
cut off engines to the child
registering disposition of 
cat in the dark as the 
size of the darkness


CAConrad