Friday, January 30, 2009

Peaches and Bats Night

Smorg hosts the action-packed Peaches and Bats 3 launch party tonight at the Waypost. Since Robert Dewhurst took Satellite Telephone with him to Buffalo, I’m extra glad Sam Lohmann’s here to hold down the innovative, handmade, editorally saavy corner of the Portland poetry fort.
The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Avenue (hosted by Smorg)


David Abel
Joseph Bradshaw
Sam Lohmann
Kaia Sand

with MUSIC by
Ian Ackerman
Warren Lee
Gabriel Will

David Abel has the most extraordinary air of self-satisfaction. Yet, if we stop to examine those Chinese writings of his that he so presumptuously scatters about the place, we find that they are full of imperfections. Someone who makes such an effort to be different from others is bound to fall in people’s esteem, and I can only think that his future will be a hard one. If one gives free rein to one’s emotions even under the most inappropriate circumstances, if one has to sample each interesting thing that comes along, people are bound to regard one as frivolous. And how can things turn out well for such a man?

Joseph Bradshaw eats chicken and horses in Portland when he’s not teaching the world to sing at Portland State University or Pacific Northwest College of Art or writing his famous chapbooks such as The Way Birds Become (Weather Press) and This Ocean, or Oppen Series (Cannibal Books).

Kaia Sand is the author of the poetry collection interval (Edge Books, 2004), the wee book lotto, the chapbooks Heart on a Tripod and tiny arctic ice (all from Dusie), and The NAFTA (forthcoming from Duration Press echap series). Jim Dine created artist books from tiny arctic ice and lotto (Steidl, 2008), and Sand coauthored Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space (Palm Press, 2008) with Jules Boykoff.

Sam Lohmann is a poet, editor, letterpress printer, ex-busboy, future substitute preschool teacher, occasional tutor, and temporary cashier in Portland, Oregon. He will be reading work written by others for his yearly zine, “Peaches and Bats.”

Gabriel Will and Ian Ackerman (Olympia), and Warren Lee (Portland) play long-tone music in just intonation. In 2007, they completed a recording residency at the Satsop Nuclear Cooling Tower in Elma, Wa. In 2009 they had a “Super Weekend.”

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