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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
March 17 - Apr 16

Kweerblam! - A Queer Zine Art Show

readings & workshops
March 25

Poetry Reading: Ronaldo V. Wilson

readings & workshops
March 28

Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration

readings & workshops
March 31

Evelyn M. Perry, Live and Let Live

readings & workshops
April 1

Poetry Reading: Daniel Poppick & Jessica Laser

special events
April 2

11th Annual Edible Books Show

readings & workshops
April 5

Poetry Reading: Amish Trivedi & Tessy Ward

readings & workshops
April 9

Poetry Reading: Stacy Szymaszek & Ariel Goldberg

special events
April 12

Reading & discussion group

film & video
April 14

Screening: Through a Queer Eye Darkly: Fanorama Zine Film Archives

 

Archived readings & workshops
Mar 14 Saturday, March 14
7:00pm, FREE

 

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