GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna
Thursday, February 11
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Food and libation provided by
Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street
LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004
Featuring Steve Williams
Steve Williams is the author of a new chapbook entitled Thirteen, a poem. He works in Portland, helping those who have barriers to employment find jobs. He lives with a lovely woman who writes and edits much better than he but refuses to admit it.
by Steve Williams
One grandfather’s shadow is fresh tar
on the roof outside my window.
The other grandfather’s shadow –
a wind-up Indian with broken hands.
My grandmothers are whiskey radio baseball
and a garden full of curio cabinets and canning jars.
Corky, Blackie and Sam are dog shadows
warm under my blanket. My cat shadows
all ran away.
My father’s shadow is the Wichita Lineman
belted to every creosoted pole, spurs buried
in the wood listening to his own static.
My streetlight shadows are Spirographed
around my shoes, each a different shade
of black. These are my mother.
As the sun falls into drowned ash,
these shades fade into twilight.
This is where we all used to hide.
When my face rises in your bright hands,
I hold your kiss
long enough for each of them
to have their turn.
Printed Matter Vancouver is happy to share the following announcement from Figures of Speech co-host Steve Williams:
Our Next Event
Join us for another passionate evening of poetry at In Other Words (http://inotherwords.org/events), 14 NE Killingsworth, Portland, 7 p.m. on May 15th. Stephanie Lenox and Jenney Pauer are going to bring their words to life just for you. And to make sure you enjoy the event, we’ll provide Open Mic, poetry prompts, broadsides both present and past, and of course Cookies. See you all soon.
Stephanie Lenox lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters. She teaches poetry at Willamette University and edits the literary journal Blood Orange Review. She is the author of The Heart That Lies Outside the Body, an award-winning poetry chapbook published by Slapering Hol Press in 2007. Her first full-length poetry collection Congress of Strange People is forthcoming from Airlie Press in fall 2012. Her work has appeared widely in literary journals and has been honored with fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. Her website is www.stephanielenox.com.
Photo credit: Sabina Samiee / Oregon Arts Commission
Jenney Pauer is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she studied theater and English literature. After serving four years in the U.S. Army as a Korean linguist, she obtained a Secondary English Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest with her dog and cat in 2008, she taught high school English along the border of Arizona and Mexico. Recently, Jenney co-wrote a short film, Nico’s Sampaguita, which was accepted into the 27th Annual Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles, and is soon to be released by Sacred Fire Films in San Francisco, CA.
by Anna Shogren