December 20, 2015

Maged Zaher & Chris Ashby

Sunday, December 20
7:00 pm

Independent Publishing Resource Center
1001 SE Division

Maged Zaher is the author of six books including a collaboration with Pam Brown, and a translation of contemporary Egyptian poetry. He is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from The Stranger. He lives in Seattle.

Chris Ashby is a poet and essayist. He is also the editor and publisher of Couch Press, which can be found at He frequently collaborates with Nate Orton on his My DAY series exploring place-based poetics in the Northwest. His most recent chapbook is Salt Lover I-V (c_L Books). Chris lives in Portland, OR and works in the forests and grasslands of the West.

Now we are stuck
Erotic concepts chase us
We assume a stable impenetrability
(Also called the body)
To confront the flux...
Language is when we aren't around
It helps us resemble our own stories
Always begin from private property
Then swim north into possibilities

Maged Zaher

Ah, Helium, invisible yet able to hold up ships
we perceive
every object in its own time
                    in which the object watches the blue cover pass

there is an unbreakable limit for all life
we call this death
in the cosmos we call this light
we make the calls

Helium is the light of the sun
and its time is an aesthetic phenomenon
coupled with the rising yellow glow of the retribution
the post human
and the cyborg

poetics is the final fantasy of contradictory entities

what would a global phenomenon feel like?
it would feel like living
like the season we're not having

Helium is the element of the fall
tucked away under the rocks
mixed with industrial leak detection

Chris Ashby

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