September 22, 2018

Jordan Dunn & Richard Meier


Saturday, September 22
7:00 pm

1223 NE ML King Blvd.
503-388-7665

$5 suggested donation; no one turned away

Jordan Dunn is a poet and printmaker. He is the author of Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action (forthcoming from Partly Press and the Lynden Sculpture Garden), in addition to the chapbooks The Greek Herbal of Dioscorides (Oxeye Press), The Land of Little Rain (Well-Greased Press), and Form 32 (Cannot Exist), as well as numerous pamphlets and broadsides. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where he edits and publishes Oxeye Press.

Richard Meier is the author of four books of poetry, most recently February March April April (Oxeye Press) and In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary (Omnidawn). Recently, he has led workshops on poetry and walking in Chicago, Kenosha, Joshua Tree, Fort Atkinson, and at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He is writer-in-residence at Carthage College and lives in Madison, WI.


My Lack of Stillness

experiential absorption opposed to experiential preferences within a seedbed -- useful places for dyers between pockets of bracken -- intellectual being, local divisions, and emptiness in the descriptions of native forbs and grasses planted directly into revision -- obedience to mechanisms -- perceptive masses, fat madder, and snags hidden below dripping fronds -- shared moments like chicory and the memory of oaks styled after artificial want -- field sparrows germinating outlines along time slurs -- bright morning revolutions, observers, echoes, honeysuckle bushes, second growth forest, and rapid transport in the age of convenience -- extensive, shrubby riparian areas and young conifer plantations -- placeholders and their dependence upon nylon tents -- old growth regions and the worlds between them -- native fauna placement in speaking systems and their uses -- nostalgia increased by the mere perception of edges -- a clump of white pines seen far westward over the shrub oak plain -- mild humanity, gray stems, soft feathery groves and silent receptions of settlement -- monotone oscillation waves and their impact on vaporous clouds -- the start of our expedition through uncharted terrain -- the moments before and after -- reflected appraisals or negative orientations in foraging substrates -- the loss of clarity through detachment, emptiness, or psychological centrality in the far reaches of absence -- plash of horses' feet as they ford small brooks in the unbroken forest -- wildness and its contributions to personal microclimates when laid upon paper -- distance traveled to stand in the hour approaching dusk

Jordan Dunn


from TiP TOE SOT

Found two pebbles in the small bays
that form between the ice floes.

Stood ice sheets in the snow to spell
THE BOOK and then by the river
mouth used pebbles from the bay to
write OF PEBBLES in the snow.

While I knelt in the snow with
handfuls of pebbles and set them one
by one to make the stems of the
letters or dribbled the smaller pebbles
into stems 2 or 3 pebbles wide, I
heard a sheet of ice from the jam
break free and then saw it float out the
river mouth into the lake. Caz said she
and her sister acted out stories from
books and movies as children and
experimented with how small a
change was sufficient to change the
story.

A mountain undulates and I
experience peace even as ontologically
ripped. The snow disappears in the
sun under water, the mountain then
moves. I hear the strange moaning
sound I heard in the night, and then I
hear it subside. The bird tracks, very
faint, a small bird, a scrawl bird and
the seagull tracks that

began, made a right turn and ended.
Monday the deer tracks separating in
lines descended the hill.

Richard Meier