October 10, 2015

Magdalena Zurawski & Stacey Tran

Spare Room & Switch special co-hosted event

Friday, October 23
IPRC 1001 SE Division
Portland, OR
7:00 PM

Magdalena Zurawski's poetry collection, Companion Animal, was published in 2015 by Litmus Press. Her novel, The Bruise (FC2 2008), won both the Ronald Sukenick Prize for innovative fiction and the LAMBDA Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction. Her online column on teaching aesthetics after Ferguson can be viewed at Jacket2. Zurawski teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia.

Stacey Tran is a curator of Pure Surface and an editor at Poor Claudia. www.staceytran.com


After everyone stops 
smoking the Ovid
it gets ugly to be alive. 

The dead refuse us
and instead someone I know turns over 
a police car and nothing 

happens anymore not even 
my face so empty and 
too full of other people's 


I was bored and you 
were bored, remember? 

We dreamed of 
leaving our heads 
without a single 
noun in them.

Magdalena Zurawski

I'm in no danger

flowers resemble
years of wandering
aiming elsewhere

a puzzle of a map

try to help

scatter laughter

pick out paint

exaggerated care

a nest
an open wound

Stacey Tran