January 12, 2008

H.D.'s Helen in Egypt

Spare Room presents a marathon reading of

H.D.'s Helen in Egypt

Saturday, January 12
7:00 pm -- ??
free admission

4932 NE 16th Avenue, Apartment A (just below Alberta)

Scheduled readers include:

David Abel * Sarah Bartlett * Joseph Bradshaw * Gale Czerski * Ashley Edwards * Laura Feldman * Endi Hartigan * Patrick Hartigan * Rodney Koeneke * Maryrose Larkin * Sam Lohmann * Chris Piuma * Dan Raphael * margareta waterman

Hear H.D.s booklength narrative poem Helen in Egypt (published in 1960) read aloud by a dozen or so Portland poets and writers. We'll also listen to a 1955 recording of H.D. reading excerpts from the text.

Drop in for an hour or two at any point, or stay for the entire book. (Estimated duration of the reading is 4-6 hours.) Light snacks and beverages will be available.

[Note: For an H.D.-related visual treat, see the blog of the American Literature Collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale. Scroll down to the entry titled "Ancient and Modern." In honor of our marathon reading, the assistant curator of the collection, poet Nancy Kuhl, posted scans of collage pages from H.D.'s scrapbook combining classical figures with photographs of H.D. and friends.]