September 18, 2010

Jen Currin & Don Mee Choi

Please note: this reading takes place on Saturday, not our usual Sunday

Saturday, September 18
7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

Jen Currin
was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Boston, upstate New York, Denver, and Tempe, Arizona, before settling in Vancouver, B.C. in 2002. Jen teaches writing and literature at Vancouver Community College and Langara College. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English, and has published three books of poetry: The Sleep of Four Cities (2005), Hagiography (2008), and The Inquisition Yours (2010).

Don Mee Choi was born in South Korea and came to the United States via Hong Kong. Her first book of poems, The Morning News Is Exciting, has just been published by Action Books. She lives and works in Seattle and also translates contemporary Korean women's poetry. Her translations include When the Plug Gets Unplugged (Tinfish), Anxiety of Words: Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women (Zephyr), and Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers (Action Books).  

Grafitti or You are on Yew Street
We have been busy hating
& making home-spun slogans.
Very busy. A canister of you
is a canister of me.
Walls: We can climb them,
knock them down, or dissolve...
Someone wants to respond,
to enter an egoless room.
You are on Yew Street
facing audio charges,
half-stepping, afraid of drama & editing.
But the undo mob isn't angry.
They're busy loving everything.
Taking fire-walking classes,
wondering if the compost worms will eat glass.
It's not just manipulations on a page.
She let the children throw rocks at her.
It's not just paragraphs someone wants to call emotional.
Every dog must learn repetition:
Hey, let's go downtown and pick up some costumes.
& unlearn:
My mask--doesn't quite fit.

Jen Currin

To All Boys and Men!

Dandelions may not be weeds. They are related to chrysanthemums. Girls should.

May all weeds dislocate themselves. Girls should. I clench my fist and watch the morning news. Dandelion leaves are bitter yet tender. Girls should. 
Chrysanthemums are admired. Beware. The early morning news is exciting.

Don Mee Choi