November 29, 2009

Nico Vassilakis & Crystal Curry

Sunday, November 29
7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

Nico Vassilakis works with alphabet both textually and visually. Recent books include Protracted Type (Blue Lion), Disparate Magnets (BlazeVOX), staReduction (Book Thug), and Text Loses Time (Many Penny). His visual poems and videos have been shown at festivals and exhibitions of innovative language art, and can be found online at Flickr and YouTube. Nico is a founding member of Seattle's Subtext Collective.

Crystal Curry's poems and reviews have appeared both off and online in journals such as VERSE, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, Open City, The Hat, Octopus Magazine and Action, Yes. She is the author of the chapbook Logotherapy Pant (Cosa Nostra) and the forthcoming full-length collection Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium, which was selected by Dara Wier for the Slope Editions Book Prize. She currently resides in Seattle, where she manages a gourmet deli and grades composition papers online.


Dear Dresden, said the perforations. Light shining through that one art project we call, for the last time, Plummet

These decentralized thoughts. A basket filled with pickings from a known source

Demurred then cordoned off - this part becomes touch less

Even blameless, thought Maude, moving across the food court trying to go unnoticed. Straws left behind. Overstuffed garbage cans. Lots of living going on (here)

Maude had cajoled the attendants into giving her extra attention

A cluster of people were detained

This horribly tiring thing.

Nico Vassilakis


& yea though I waltz
                       tasered & dowsed
through humerus mazes of quasars & brim-
stone sterna between thyself & thy
providence gave us
solar roses
of red-skinned urchins who lurk in the ions
of earthlings whoever
                       so loved the world
in pistils & stun-gunned the clean of hark
shall hark ever-lasting & sore
                                   the pinks
shall inherit a petiole-tarsal garden

Crystal Curry