November 18, 2018

Rodney Koeneke & Jennifer Denrow

Sunday, November 18
7:00 pm
1223 NE ML King Blvd.
$5 suggested donation; no one turned away
Jennifer Denrow is the author of California. She lives in Oregon. 
Rodney Koeneke's latest book of poems, Body & Glass, is just out from Wave Books. Other books include Etruria (Wave, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). His work has appeared in Fence, Granta, Harper's, The Nation, Poetry, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, OR.

Above everyone there are three planes they can't see. One is a plane of roots. One is a plane of temples. One is a plane of countries.
I stand like a recording of space, trying to hold what is here as an opening to what's not. The wind expands over the water. Lines in the air expand into planets. Compression and release. The tall grasses crashing away. The water makes the same five leaps to hold the shore. The only people left are waves.
Beneath the condition of singularity, the boundary vanishes and the singularity of affect, to which we apply distinct features, like presence, also vanishes.
Jennifer Denrow

What is there in that other 
world is there as flat black 
silhouettes of great-spanned
birds on breezeway glass so 
passerines, thick protestants 
ferocious in their inwardness
don't drowse a beat before the 
god glass they can't see strikes 
down in Darwin's wonted curve 
but swerve, survive in debt to 
simple human threat--hope's 
negative, a love reversed--till 
night arrive to deepen light
depth dies to suffer sight.
Rodney Koeneke