July 18, 2010

Burt Kimmelman & Rob Schlegel

Sunday, August 1
7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

Burt Kimmelman has published six collections of poetry - Musaics (Sputyen Duyvil), First Life (Jensen/Daniels), The Pond at Cape May Point (Marsh Hawk; a collaboration with the painter Fred Caruso), Somehow (Marsh Hawk), There Are Words (Dos Madres), and As If Free (Talisman). A professor of English at New Jersey Institute of Technology, he is also the author of The "Winter Mind": William Bronk and American Letters (Fairleigh Dickinson) and The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona (Peter Lang). He lives in the New York City metropolitan area with his wife Diane Simmons.

Rob Schlegel's The Lesser Fields was selected for the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Born and raised in Portland, OR, he currently lives in Iowa City and teaches creative writing and literature at Cornell College.

Monet's Garden
                                    Giverny, 20 August 2005

The lily's charm is not 

its colors but how it 

floats, as if free, upon

the pond's dark surface. We
make our way over his 

wooden bridge and then pass 

the shrubs and flowers he 

planted, arranged just so 

to paint. How carefully 

the pigment would be placed, 

how gradually the world - 

its daily businesses - 

would become still and deep.

Burt Kimmelman


Wearing nothing but my mask
of leaves I drift in water with
rotting fruit and neon faces

extending into glassy colonies
sincere as my attempt to speak
on behalf of my faith in me
Heeding the warning form reveals
till presence frees the demons trapped

beneath the doors floating on the sea        
I live in fear till fear becomes
that part of me impossible to face         
Out of choice out of love, what progress
means to nation to roots of ancient

maples ruining the public streets

Rob Schlegel