Friday, December 11, 2009

marathon reading of THE CRYSTAL TEXT, 12/19/09

[poster by Sam Lohmann and James Yeary]

Saturday, December 19
from noon till quits (around 5?)
Spare Room presents
a marathon reading of Clark Coolidge's book-length poem

The Crystal Text

at The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.

free--come or go at will

The readers will be: David Abel, Meredith Blankinship, Joseph Bradshaw, Jen Burris, Allison Cobb, Jen Coleman, Endi Hartigan, Patrick Hartigan, Rodney Koeneke, Maryrose Larkin, Sam Lohmann, Jesse Morse, Mark Owens, and James Yeary.


Is this the only way I can now speak, arms
on a board to a dumb stone? The silence
of written words is perhaps correct for this
connection. An off-note to think of oneself
shouting against wall of crystal. Better to breathe
on it, dampening and misting its striations. Best
to be writing (whatever?) here in this book
in its presence. The window glass is but a 
gross imitation of the crystal, as speech is of poetry.
As a closed book is the strength of a hand
brought to a perfection. Poetry is the closed voice?
--The Crystal Text

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