April 22, 2007

Susanne Dyckman & Rob Schlegel

Sunday, April 22nd
7:30 pm

New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny
$5 suggested donation

Rob Schlegel lives in Missoula, MT. where he teaches poetry. His manuscript Iceblink was a finalist in the New California Poetry Series from UC Berkeley Press, and his poems and reviews can be found in The Boston Review, VOLT, Barrowstreet, AGNI and the The Grove Review. Currently he is teaching at Linfield College and Portland Community College.

Susanne Dyckman is the author of two chapbooks, Transiting Indigo (Etherdome Press) and Counterweight (Woodland Editions). Her first full-length book of poetry, equilibrium’s form, has just been released by Shearsman Books. A thesis advisor for the University of San Francisco MFA program and an editor of the journal Five Fingers Review, she lives in Albany, CA, where for the last three years she has hosted the Evelyn Ave. Summer Reading Series.

Blue & ochre sheets fit tight
the mattress on which we lie
thick pitched crying-out beneath
the winter bedroom’s open
window. Two or three deer
eat bunchgrass & lift their heads
to the sound of our nimble
sheet-screams. Neither arrive
nor depart, but modify constant;
cove’s pliable shore never so
permanent to regard itself
immortal. Bury we may brittle
bones within the ossuary. Crab-
apple or buried sun. Question
the one part of every sound
pining for a different pitch.

from "History of the West"

— Rob Schlegel



                  street- wise

                                      (gangly body
visioned larger than      color through fingers
                        streamlets in muddied air)

something not detailed but here:

            likeness of damp objects at dusk

                                            — Susanne Dyckman