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Event Calendar
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special events
June 18 -22

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

performances
June 21

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

special events
June 25 -29

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

readings & workshops
June 28

Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

readings & workshops
July 10

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park at Juneau Park

readings & workshops
July 12

Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

readings & workshops
July 14

Genre: Urban Arts Reading

readings & workshops
July 18

Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

performances
July 19

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

July 30 - Aug 10

Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

readings & workshops
August 14

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

performances
August 16

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Donna Stonecipher

Donna Stonecipher is the author of three books of poetry: The Reservoir (Georgia, 2002), Souvenir de Constantinople (Instance, 2007), and The Cosmopolitan (winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by John Yau, Coffee House, 2008). She also translates poetry and prose from French and German.

"Donna Stonecipher's mesmerizing The Cosmopolitan (Coffee House Press, 2009) is a travelogue of consciousness, a diary of displacement whose writing self seems simultaneously nowhere and everywhere ('And isn't nowhere, after all, also an elsewhere?'). As the voice's location shifts from metropolis to metropolis, from country to country, never settling in one place long enough to be identified with it, it becomes intertwined with the voices of other writers in a dazzling fugue that draws the reader irresistibly in."
- John Koethe

Selected Poems

from Inlay 8 (Claude Lvi-Strauss)


Donna Stonecipher

 

1.
He was born in Kaya, Burkina Faso, but now he's living abroad. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but now she's living abroad. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but now she's living abroad. He was born in Vancouver, Washington, but now he's living abroad. 

2.
And if she ran the city through a sieve, as she sometimes imagined doing, would she be left with only the natives, pedigreed and pure? Everybody, eventually, goes down the Philosophenweg, gaping at hieroglyphic heirloom roses and beetles with supersvelte legs. 

3.
He's like me, he said. He has an inner map of hotels all over Europe. And it was true: if we met a man from Cologne, he'd get a faraway look in his eyes and eventually work the conversation around to say, ". . . and tell me, do you know the marvelous Hotel Dom?" 

4.
As for me, I would choose to infiltrate foreign territories via the spice route rather than the silk route. Nutmeg, mint, cinnamon, aniseed, turmeric, cardamom, the hotel, the parliament. I sat in the reproduction Victoria thinking about the myth of the bequeathal of the family house. 

"I hate traveling and explorers"

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