May 3, 2019

Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Phoebe Wayne,
& Trevino Brings Plenty

Friday, May 3
7:00 p.m.

Passages Bookshop
1223 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland

$5 suggested donation for the readers (no one turned away)

Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet and musician who lives, works, and writes in Portland, OR. He is singer/songwriter/guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland's Wordstock Festival. In college, Trevino worked with Primus St. John and Henry Carlile for this poetry work, studied with Tomas Svoboda for music composition, and Jerry Hahn for Jazz guitar. Trevino is an American and Native American; a Lakota Indian born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, USA. Some of his work explores the American Indian identity in American culture and how it has through genealogical history affected indigenous peoples in the 21st century. He writes of urban Indian life; it's his subject. Other titles by author: Wakpá Wanáǧi, Ghost River (2015); Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012); Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (2008). Julian Talamantez Brolaski is a poet and country singer. It is the author of Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, 2017), Advice for Lovers (City Lights, 2012), Gowanus Atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and coediter of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari Edwards, as well as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Brooklyn-based Juan & the Pines and Oakland-based The Western Skyline. Julian maintains a blog of handwritten poems here: Phoebe Wayne is the author of the chapbooks Transit (forthcoming from Magnificent Field), The Sleep Volumes (dancing girl press), and Lovejoy (c_L press), as well as work in the anthology Welcome To The Neighborhood (forthcoming from Ohio University Press/Swallow Press), Unchaste Anthology 2, Meadow's Field Guide, Yew, Horse Less Review, and Trickhouse. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.

pronoun circle-jerk and the dog charlie

i had scarcely got acquainted
when they took me by the paw & made me even-minded
nor did i mind
i had exactly enough window
i had exactly enough to get started
wine makes a person weak
that is not to say that wine is not delightful, only
that it makes a person weak
a person can be made weak with whisky
and this was the mexicans' military tactic
with the chiricahua apache
and the dutch with the lenape down in manahatta
there was a dog named charlie
cally called it an 'it'
when we had our pronoun circle-jerk
i told the group they could call me 'it'
you know like the sky and the grass and
a bird where you can't tell what it is
it, its, itself
but then i sort of chickened out and said
if 'it' 'made them feel weird' as a pronoun for a human
they could call me 'they'
or any gender-neutral pronoun i said
xe or zae or e or shim-sham or
two head-cocks and a click i joked
looking at charlie's belly as charlie
rolled on its back

Julian Talamantez Brolaski

from Transit I was squinting at all the other squinting eyes and saw everyone's everyone eyes working adjusting to the presence of bodies and sunlight Easily we were everywhere and wide, smooth, unhurried aperture. I was moving under blossoms like pink poufs incapable of remembering my everywhere isn't everyone's everywhere, rather I accommodated myself into its roseate structure I probably elbowed out, even I got into the thick-textured air like it held all the walls nothing was written on anything and everyone forever like infinity mirror

Phoebe Wayne