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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived readings & workshops
Mar 14 Saturday, March 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can

 

Born in 1943, Robert Adamson lives with his partner, photographer Juno Gemes, on the Hawkesbury River to the north of Sydney in Australia. Over the past five decades he has produced twenty books of poetry. He has been awarded the Christopher Brennan Prize for lifetime achievement, the Patrick White Award, and The Age Book of the Year Award for The Goldfinches of Baghdad (Flood Editions, 2006). His most recent book is Net Needle (Flood Editions, 2015). He currently holds the Chair in Poetry at the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

Brita Bergland was born in the mid-fifties, in the Midwest, not quite a middle child, but into the midst of a large Illinois farm family. She attended the University of Michigan, studying creative writing under Radcliffe Squires. Bergland then moved to Vermont, where she managed to put together a letterpress shop, and started Awede Press. She published books of poems for a number of years, and has remained involved in printing, publishing and writing throughout her life. Bergland’s books include The Poet At Its Desk (Awede, 1987), Rebirth of the Older Child (Burning Deck, 1993), and the recently completed, Lost Was All Location.

 


 

Garden Poem

 

            For Juno

 

Sunlight scatters wild bees across a blanket

of flowering lavender. The garden

 

grows, visibly, in one morning—

native grasses push up, tough and lovely

 

as your angel’s trumpets. At midday

the weather, with bushfire breath, walks about

 

talking to itself. A paper wasp zooms

above smooth river pebbles. In the trees

 

possums lie flat on leafy branches to cool off,

the cats notice, then fall back to sleep.

 

This day has taken our lives to arrive.

Afternoon swings open, although

 

the mechanics of the sun require

the moon’s white oil. Daylight fades to twilight

 

streaking bottlebrush flowers with shade;

a breeze clatters in the green bamboo and shakes

 

its lank hair. At dinnertime, the French doors present us

with a slice of night, shining clear—

 

a Naples-yellow moon outlines the ridges

of the mountains—all this, neatly laid out

 

on the dining room table

across patches of moonlight. 

                       

            —Robert Adamson, from Net Needle

 

 

 

words alone a maple swing

 

 

permitted once the prairie

breeding ground to stars

expansion tethers lightly

bird and being things

 

loneliness exemplar

as a master class 

safety in the potlatch

of the old sod’s grass

 

stars roll backward

in the head

just firmament

finds focus

locust latch the mulberry

cotillions in devotion

 

            —Brita Bergland