For those belly-crawling experimental-lit urchins of the Portland books scene, the Spare Room reading series is a regular treasure trove of new, interesting, often polarizing literary action. From marathon readings of William Carlos Williams to spotlights on niche subjects like the possibly faddish flarf movement, the Spare Room series is at the very least the beginning of a brilliant conversation. (To be honest, I still have trouble with flarf poetry, and deciding whether this experience I had at a Spare Room reading at Mother Foucault's Bookshop down in SE hearing flarf poets read was a real literary experience or simply a challenging critical one. I still can't even decide if flarf is A Thing, much less a thing worth doing. But that was forever ago and I still think about it, so YOU WIN, FLARF.)
Tonight's reading at Ford Food and Drink will feature the Brooklyn (ex-Caldwell, ID - my fellow Idahoan here once wrote a poem about "Idaho's pride" [nobody says that] Joe Albertson expecting everyone to just know who that was) poet Joseph Bradshaw. Bradshaw's In The Common Dream of George Oppen finds him writing a "lost" body of work as George Oppen and his more recent work is kind of a poetic stream of consciousness and subconsiousness about New York and its writers. An interesting writer with a habit of inhabiting other writers should make a great reading.
Sharing the stage (or whatever Ford Food and Drink has that's like a stage) will be Chris Piuma, one of the original founders of the Spare Room series, who has been out of Portland for a few years now, studying medieval literature in Toronto. Piuma is launching eth press, focusing on contemporary poets and medieval documents, and that intersection of which should be fascinating. Piuma is known for a string of five-word poems he used to post to Twitter, and being in the band The Minor Thirds when he lived in Portland.
Naturally, there will be food and drink (I'm assuming the venue is not ironically named after what they don't have) and doubtlessly engrossing discussion of literature, perhaps through the centuries. If you're a book nerd, this is the place to be tonight.
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