January 11, 2009

Endi Bogue Hartigan & Maryrose Larkin

Sunday, January 11
7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

Endi Bogue Hartigan will be reading from her first book, One Sun Storm, and from a new manuscript. One Sun Storm was selected for the 2008 Colorado Prize for Poetry by Martha Ronk, and was released in November from the Center for Literary Publishing. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Free Verse, TinFish, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, and Quarterly West. Endi edited and cofounded, with her husband poet Patrick Hartigan, Spectaculum, a magazine that was devoted to long poems, series, and projects best presented at length. She lives in Portland, with Patrick and their son Jackson.

Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, where she works as a freelance researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books), Whimsy Daybook 2007 (FLASH+CARD), and The Book of Ocean (i.e. press). Her work can also be found in FO A RM, Insurance, Bird Dog, Columbia Poetry Review, and Washington Review. Maryrose is one of the organizers of Spare Room, and is coeditor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press.

Chorus of blue [Crater Lake, 2007]
The question of change
is a question of what we can afford to continue.
A series of snapping points or rips.
The lake is a question
of what the mountain can take or not.
The chorus afforded blue but barely.
The chorus of blue sang out of thin voices in oxygen-thin air.
The blue vibrated electrons in water and absorbed
what was not turned back.
We turned our backs on the war.
The chorus of blue tilted our eyes, and filterering, taught us to filter,
but out what?
The chorus of blue held itself up, a mirror of itself, fanatic and fantastic.
Abstract blue--a new coin--took the center
through, through.
We turned our backs on the lake.
A series of snapping points or rips.
The chorus filtered out disturbance, filtered out detail and violence
and observance.
Tilt, shine, tilt. . . .
what did we shed again, and why?
A little girl went back sobbing
who had to leave the clearest sky.

Endi Bogue Hartigan

from Inverse

                   Roots open                     rise and run

                     his face compare to       string notation

               required and where

         but this cannot           and without it
                   box step          the sun and      box step          the moon

Maryrose Larkin