April 12, 2015

Jan Clausen & Kit Robinson

Sunday, April 12
7:00 pm

523 SE Morrison

Jan Clausen's books include novels, the memoir Apples and Oranges, and six volumes of poetry including, most recently, Veiled Spill: A Sequence. Individual poems and stories have appeared widely in periodicals and in the anthologies Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century and Poems from the Women's Movement. In 1976, Clausen co-founded Conditions magazine, and later extended her involvement with the feminist small press movement as publisher of Long Haul Press. She teaches in the Goddard College MFA in Writing Program and at NYU. Oregon-born, she moved to New York City in 1973.

Kit Robinson is the author of Determination (Cuneiform), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry), and 20 other books of poetry. His collaboration with Ted Greenwald, A Mammal of Style (Roof) was named among "the best poetry of 2014" by the Chicago Tribune. Recent work can be found online at Mary, The Recluse and Prelude. Kit lives in Berkeley and works as a freelance writer. In a statement online at Elective Affinities, he writes: "Poetry is language on a holiday. Free to go where it will. But it is not jobless. The job of poetry is to continue, despite everything that is pitted against it."

from Veiled Spill #14

it breaks off it continues

pour thou only
pour thou only eyes
pour thou only each
pour thou only breath
pour thou only on us
pour thou only in us
pour thou only still
pour thou only swift
pour thou only
hap pour thou only wreck
pour thou only
pour thou only bearing
pour thou only bracing pour thou only
pour thou only

pour thou only spilling
pour thou only
pour for us
thy   all-

and in the 
hour of
Jan Clausen


The nation state is history
Religion is an oath
Freedom of the press is for owners only
The mind is of two minds
The world is late for work

Diseases populate continents
Drugs are synthetic profits
Wait times may vary
In a broken cup
Tireless expeditions make landfall

Sadness and snow make drifts
Attention wanders
Alarms interrupt the proceedings
Police officers gather for coffee
Military miniatures arrive by mail from Europe

The moment of meteors has not yet come
There aren't many days left for sleeping
Puns recall songs without lyrics
Tyranny of languor
Time tied to a tree

Academic occupations in five-star hotels
The avenue of kisses
There is so much to be read in these passages
Days pass each other coming and going
Travelers emerge from dark forest to bright sandy beach

Less is more, there are those that say
Serious trouble is a given
Our laughter relates to the stars
The sun at night
A dream stem of heartfelt thanks

Kit Robinson