April 17, 2011

Geoffrey G. O'Brien & Michael Weaver

Sunday, April 17
7:30 pm

The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.
503-367-3182

$5.00 suggested donation


Geoffrey G. O'Brien is the author of three collections of poetry, The Guns and Flags Project, Green and Gray, and Metropole, all from The University of California.
He is an Assistant Professor of English at UC-Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.


Michael Weaver is a writer and student living in Portland. His work has appeared in the little magazines We, Logodaedelus, Green Zero, Painted Bride Quarterly, Boog, and elsewhere.



VAGUE CADENCE  
  
An away of practice the other is
Like a river out of acts the other is
Hapless, unheard, with marks upon him
Having dallied in tarrying unwisely
Backlit at an undecidable remove
In a house of marks the other is
Useless deciding whether to go
Or wait in best practices like a child
A hapless river filled with sand
For years it flows like unmarked rope
Years of saying as it moves away
Are the undecided water others bring
Like the child of acts the other is
Saying to himself the other is
A hapless river practicing its flow
A house that moves to where one was
With all years off the water goes
The lights are on so the dark is out
Like the useless children others are
A certain building dream within
A part of speech without a name

Geoffrey G. O'Brien

 

- la orilla

 

Sang on a bank of some shore,
edge of what had just gone under
some wall, sang a lolling aria
of one's tongue going under
some wall, sang of money's
singsong hipsway walk, sang
rial la lo, lira la lo, liar..
Sang of all but how honey
gets from the hive
to houses on a high hill

Michael Weaver