7:00pm, Give What You Can
A reading to celebrate the publication of Devin Johnston’s Far-Fetched (FSG, 2015) and Nate Klug’s Anyone (U of Chicago, 2015).
Born in 1970, Devin Johnston spent his childhood in North Carolina. He is the author of four
previous books of poetry and two books of prose, including Creaturely and Other Essays. He works for Flood Editions, an independent publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University in Missouri.
"Far-Fetched figures the lyric poet as a weaver of glimmering, delicate threads of thought gathered from otherwise overlooked moments of experience. Johnston is quiet, expert. Each poem holds in balance a lapidary concision and utter lushness of vowel-work." —Ange Mlinko, author of Marvelous Things Overheard
Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (Chicago, 2015). He works as an UCC-Congregationalist minister and has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, and California.
"Klug's poems are like containers catching rain, ping by ping, they have perfect sound patterns made by the formation of a water they create themselves falling in." —Fanny Howe
Each streetlight declares an absence
where it pools, a square of sidewalk
poured long ago and still engraved
with the burr of a trowel
and rough swirls of a broom,
the curb edge sprayed
with neon glyphs of hook and arrow
that do not pertain to us.
Only the light’s vapor has changed
from mercury to sodium,
a spectral shift from blue to orange.
Matte black, a lone beetle
churns across the concrete
beneath its upturned shield.
As with this Jet Ski family
braiding the lake
with bigger and bigger shocks
until the one
cuts his engine
and, following him, for an instant
they all coast
how much is required now
out of the general