November 28, 2010

Christian Hawkey & Waiting for Stretchers


Sunday, November 28
7:30 pm

Open Space Cafe
2815 SE Holgate

$5.00 suggested donation


Christian Hawkey is the author of three books of poetry -- The Book of Funnels, Citizen Of, and most recently, Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling, 2010), which is a trans-genre exploration of the life and work of the late 19th / early 20th century Austrian poet Georg Trakl -- and three chapbooks: HourHour (Delirium Press, with drawings by the artist Ryan Mrozowski); Petitions for an Alien Relative (Hand Held Editions); and Ulf (Factory Hollow). He also translates contemporary German poetry, and cotranslates, with the German poet Uljana Wolf, the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. He is a lifelong nonnative Oregonian.

Waiting for Stretchers
(Owens / Daedalus / Daedalus / Berendzen / Abel) is a metaphor for something slim enough to fit your palm so that no one knows you are carrying it. It is unconscious.


MELANCHOLIC DECIBELS

--Dear Walt, the verse-orb is breaking.

If a scattered cinder beckons, if a white comet
zithers over our green necks

indecent as a lease
on the glands of Bach, we hum,

veil-light

awkward above our shining sternums.

(from Ventrakl)

Christian Hawkey