December 22, 2004

Bernadette Mayer's Midwinter Day

Very Very Long Performance Series [along with Spare Room] presents...

MIDWINTER DAY

A reading of Bernadette Mayer's book-length poem "Midwinter Day"

Wednesday, December 22
Casa de Leche
1937 NE Pacific, Portland
at the corner of 20th, a few blocks north of Sandy
(diagonally across from the spinning milk carton)
Beginning at 7pm.

On December 22, 1978, Bernadette Mayer wrote "Midwinter Day", which Alice Notley described as an "epic poem about a daily routine". The poem goes through awakening through the entire day, morning to night, and ending with dreams again. Please join Chris Piuma, Ashley Edwards, David Abel, and other local poets for a reading of this beloved poem.

A sample, from near the end:

From dreams I made sentences, then what I've seen today,
Then past the past of afternoons of stories like memory
To seeing as a plain introduction to modes of love and reason,
Then to end I guess with love, a method to this winter season
Now I've said this love it's all I can remember
Of Midwinter Day the twenty-second of December