December 4, 2003

Laynie Brown & Gale Czerski

Thursday, December 4, 2003, 7:30 pm
Mountain Writer's Center
3624 SE Milwaukie (5 blocks south of Powell Blvd.)
Portland, Ore.

Suggested donation $5

About the readers:

Laynie Browne recently moved from Seattle (where she was a longtime member of the Subtext collective) to Berkeley, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. Her most recent books are Acts of Levitation, a novel, from Spuytenduyvil (2002) and Pollen Memory from Tender Buttons (2003). Her work appeared recently in Conjunctions, and is forthcoming in Fence, Monkey Puzzle, and online at litvert.

Gale Czerski was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has lived in Portland for twelve years. In addition to a life committed to writing poetry, hers is a life committed to facilitating adult literacy in settings ranging from community colleges to correctional institutions. About her poetry, Gale writes, "My quest/hunger to write is motivated by dissatisfaction with much of our inarticulate attempts to make contact with others on an intimate level. Often a 'you' emerges in the poem who is the 'recipient' and the beloved. This attempt to connect with a 'you' is as much about entering an ideal space/situation as it is directed toward any one person. Ideally, the 'you' is anyone who needs to enter the poem. Hopefully, my poetry evokes a feeling of impossible intimacy and fathomless space."

from Pollen Memory

Leaving the body in part thinking which vegetable weather may visit. While dark is accepted as a pause, a necessary lapse, a denser realm where pulling assumes antagonistic reverie. Fossils continue to move. Trust this shade tomb. If this is possible you may also remember the rain.

Laynie Browne