February 22, 2004

Elizabeth Robinson & Maryrose Larkin

Sunday, February 22, 2004, 7:30 pm
Mountain Writers Center
3624 SE Milwaukie
Portland, Ore.

Suggested donation $5

About the readers:

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent books are Pure Descent (winner of the National Poetry Series for 2001), and Apprehend (winner of the Fence Prize for 2002). One of several editors of 26 (a magazine of poetry and poetics), EtherDome Press, and Instance Press, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two sons.

Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, Ore., where she works as a freelance researcher. Her work can be found in FO A RM, Insurance, Bird Dog, the Columbia Poetry Review, and the Washington Review. Maryrose is co-editor, with Cynthia Kimball, of FLASH+CARD Press, a poetry postcard press, and is a member of Portland's Spare Room Poetry Collective.


Once upon a time, she said,
shaving her head, there was
a girl of pure intention, and
I was she.

So high she lived,
and of such crude material
her habit

of abode.

It must be taken away.

And that is why, she ended,
I am here now. And I will aways be

so intended
to this union. And there
the blade dropped
before which disclosure.

Elizabeth Robinson

What the yearling taught.

I. Where?
Between 9 and the enjoyable old once purchased. Fraught with danger.

II. What?
Extremely fine. A story of about twelve months. Sold and then broken.

III. When?
Existence. Anyone sent anyway is rejected with emphasis.

IV. Who?
The bygone west. Distance and extreme.

V. How?
A near. In the month of January.

VI. Why?
Because what she teaches she teaches at random

Maryrose Larkin