December 8, 2017

dan raphael, Sam Lohmann & Paul Maziar

Friday, December 8th
7 pm

Passages Bookshop
1223 NE ML King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland OR 97232

$5 suggested donation for the readers (no one turned away)


dan raphael is prose editor for Unlikely Stories, hosts the monthly Fo Po Poetry series, and once a week writes news readers and writes and records a news poem for KBOO. Everyone in this Movie Gets Paid, his 19th book, came out June of '16 from Last Word Press. Current poems appear in Caliban, Otoliths, Blackbox Manifold, Harbinger Asylum and In Between Hangovers.

Sam Lohmann and Paul Maziar
 are both poets and both live in Portland. Their chapbook New Kind of Neighborhood, just out from Great Fainting Spells, is a selection of poems they wrote together between 2013 and 2015. 


Condo Condo

how could we have thought
living further above the ground,
packed as closely as cigarettes,
would lead to anything but
the inescapable urge to fly
out a window

the strength  to run down all those stairs
and burst into the treeless concrete shadows,
all this glass with no one to reflect but me.
so many cameras needing to edit, to create,
to repopulate this city so windy
the ghosts are only passing through

the food i smell could be from next door
or half a mile, could be inside me
hoping some natural hunger would
break through to allow its escape

Dan Raphael

Rookie Mistakes

You're a rookie till you've made them all
Laugh so hard juice comes out
Looking and sounding like piccolo toots
In love with a little wheel
You can just check a box
And make any one of them a hologram
But that would be a mistake
A sublime feat of mechanics & industry
Let me worry about what I breathe


Sam Lohmann & Paul Maziar