January 11, 2004
Jules Boykoff & Kaia Sand
Sunday, January 11, 2004, 7:30 pm
Mountain Writers Center
3624 SE Milwaukie
Suggested donation $5
About the readers:
Jules Boykoff co-edits the Tangent, a zine of politics and the arts, co-curates the In Your Ear poetry series in Washington, DC, and co-hosts the radio show "Roots & Culture: Roots Reggae Music & Politicization." His critical writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tripwire, XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism; poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in The Poker, Pom2, Lungfull! Magazine, and Lipstick Eleven. He teaches politics and philosophy at St. Mary's College in rural Maryland.
Born in Alaska and raised in Oregon, Kaia Sand currently lives in Southern Maryland, where she teaches at St. Mary's College and is active in Washington, DC poetry communities. She co-curates the In Your Ear poetry with Tom Orange and Jules Boykoff. Jules, Kaia, and their brothers (Max Boykoff and Neal Sand) edit the Tangent, which began in Portland in 1997 as a zine and now straddles the coasts as a zine, pamphlet & chapbook press. Kaia has poetry forthcoming in Ecopoetics and subrosa (subrosapress.org), and a collaboration with Jules Boykoff will be in Lungfull! Magazine. Interval, her first book of poetry, was just published by Edge Books.
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I want you to believe every word I say.
I want you to believe everything I do.
A familiar song of Jamaican
nuptials always in a foreign tongue.
Night is a sweet & dandy
numb-bodied multiplication table
a pressure dropped threat
treadmill exploding into massivity
an alphabet of promises
for your theoretical inventory.
The glimmer of a laughing trove.
The cartography of debt.
Surveillance is just a fragrance
just a silent handshake in 1983
just a de-mimeographed tragedy
of also but not additionally
of sweet & dandy pressure
drop come home to say hi.
primer on complacency
stay in the florid calm. beyond the crisis
of a car alarm.
move on move on
escape to torpor. cashcrop
affect patriotism. summersault swimmingly.
say 'oh dear.' home your american
dream. title this poem. find closure.
lose pamphlets in the mail. in this country.
say: 'I'd prefer to go on
being. just being
in the ceramic darkness.'
now I've said this
and I'm done.