Vancouver-area poet, Christopher Luna, runs a wonderful monthly reading series that people around the Portland area (and beyond, for that matter) should check out. The next reading is TONIGHT – here’s the info:
Open Mic Poetry, hosted by Christopher Luna 7:00pm Thursday, September 10, 2009, and every second Thursday at Cover to Cover Books, 1817 Main Street, Vancouver McLoughlin Blvd. & Main Street.
TONIGHT’S FEATURED READER: Eileen Elliott:
Eileen Davis Elliott came from a 1950′s Midwest isolation still reeling from the Great Depression and World War II, and has been a time traveler ever since. She has explored the emerging Eastern Europe, women moving from school marms to combat pilots, and her own spirituality, stopping at Buddhism, shamanistic ideas, and revisiting the wisdom of the Golden Rule. She is a psychologist, (PhD from University of Missouri), artist (self-taught), and writer of prose and poetry. She also makes a passable apple pie and has recently taken up mah jongg. Prodigal Cowgirl is a collection of 120 poems summarizing a lifetime of seeking and occasional resolution with the world including the rural Midwest, Central Europe emerging from the Cold War, and the guy on the freeway off ramp. This book asks the questions of who we are and what we might want to do about it.
AN EXCERPT: From CROW’S NEST IN CORN FIELD
Long ago, when a family could make it on a quarter-section
I would climb our windmill by the south pasture
Every time Dad sent Ma to town
To buy parts for mower
Or the combine
Or whatever else lost heart and abandoned him before the final round
I would hang on the ladder by one crooked elbow
And lean way, way out
Filling myself up with the emptiness of the place
The view of flat, and clean, and corn stalks everywhere
I’d drink in white butterflies
And road ditches of wild roses
And hums of tiny insects
On adventures of their own
VISIT Christopher Luna’s blog to learn more about the series, his own work, and tonight’s event.