GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC featuring David Matthews Thursday, May 10, 2012

CORRECTION: Due to circumstances beyond his control, Ric Vrana will be unable to attend May’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. His friend David Matthews will take his place. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Printed Matter Vancouver co-founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna look forward to welcoming Ric Vrana back to the series as our featured reader for November of this year.  


hosted by Christopher Luna and

Toni Partington

7pm Thursday, May 10, 2012

and every second Thursday

all ages and uncensored since 2004

Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA


With our featured reader, David Matthews: David Matthews is a native of the South Carolina Midlands, poet, runner, and unaffiliated intellectual who began writing in high school. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in philosophy. Romantic vision and sense of himself as poet led to the dubious decision to forsake pursuit of an academic career. One day Matthews found himself in Atlanta at the birth of the Little 5 Points arts scene and lingered there for twenty years. In 1998 he came to Portland, Oregon. His poems and essays have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and poetry blogs. He is author of two chapbooks, Notes to One Who Is Far from Here (2003) and A Portable Bohemia (2008), and several unpublished novels. His chapbooks will be available for sale at this month’s reading for five dollars each.

“Matthews heaves his heart against the bulwarks, sets his siege engines of verse a-going into the fathomless ludicrous nonsensical void.”—Wade Dinius

His blog House Red can be found on the website David Matthews Man of Letters (

The Unspoken Language by David Matthews

la Tour Eiffel


triangles numbers consonants

naked Chagall paints

Russian soul novabright with Paris light

horses graze on blue rooftops

a wingèd fish embraces a clock

the man with one green hand plays a red violin

angel candle dream

nude on a couch and Christ on a cross

oh but what color Marc is the color of the spirit?

which letters belong to the unspoken language of love?


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