March 19, 2007
Kate Greenstreet & Janet Holmes
Monday, March 19th
Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta
$5 suggested donation
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Janet Holmes is the author of F2F from University of Notre Dame Press, her fourth book. She is the editor of Ahsahta Press and teaches in the MFA program at Boise State University.
Kate Greenstreet is the author of case sensitive (Ahsahta Press, 2006) and Learning the Language (Etherdome Press, 2005). Visit her online at kickingwind.com.
You are the only one I can talk to
And you are the only one I can talk to
You are not giggling under the tablecloth you are two adults sitting at
expensive computers touch-typing (oh! yes) resting your index fingers on
the F and the J waiting for the incoming ping of the instanter message
like a starting gun
gd 2 c u again
your form is never more than an extension of such content
no one sees you
and no one sees you
— Janet Holmes
Watching a movie in which I’m in a hospital, being experimented on. They tell me it’s like a dream (my idea, that I’m being experimented on) — that, really, I’m blindfolded.
The blindfold is so light, they say I can’t feel it. (This is part of the treatment.) But I go to the mirror and scream: “I can see myself!”
The doctor says yeah, that’s a funny thing.
How you think you can see.
Where there is injury
Where there is doubt
I am melting, or
being flattened by the peach cotton pantsuit,
saved for a new life,
turned into cash
to learn what is meant by:
a nice ass (braying) good
sex (boiling) liquid hours (stirring
with an iron bar, eating from your hand)
to read a few things
from: the file Ideas/Old Dreams
(his “eye” unseen,
the particular valuelessness
of a dead man’s eyeglasses,
Where there is despair
“Since the first log fell across water”
it happened like this:
“Doesn’t anybody have the real potato salad?” Wandering from one (imaginary) picnic table to the next. The impulse to get under the table. The answer, in a way, is yes.
— Kate Greenstreet