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Robert Arthur Reeves

Grade A: you & you

June 26, 2016

Written in Albuquerque (Mesa SE), May? 2000:  addressed to Leisha Hultgren.  She came to stay with me (or in town, anyway) for about a month, during which we postponed our plan for me to move to Alabama to be with her ... then reconfirmed it, then postponed it again several times.  Part of the problem (on her side) was her reluctance to believe her relationship with her ex-husband was over.  I had a symmetrical reluctance.  The final verse describes her wedding day.  A year later she performed this poem in Birmingham in first person.  Published in my books The Closed Shrine and Wings of the Gray Moon, and in the chapbook Don McIver and Friends.

you & you

 

how much it hurts you

that you still wish to fuck

tiptoe in traildust

your oblivious

dancing ass like the rocksides

above you spinning

their music of day

& darkness

 

how much it hurts you

that you still wish to swallow

fathomless barrels of

wine & word till your words

release in a bloodlife

of yammering bats

 

when you’d rather be a grandmother

learned & finished

whose words would only save

who’d love everyone the same

 

when you’d rather be everyone

you promised you’d be

the day your feet rested

on the rapid planet

& all your friends approved

of your velvet &

you held flowers

 



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Sari Krosinsky

Reading on 4/23, Releasing New Chapbook with Poems from the Locked Ward

April 17, 2016

Cover image for the chapbook "Call Me Crazy"
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I'm reading at Los Griegos Library this Saturday (details below), and I'll be giving away a limited number of zine-style copies of my new chapbook, "Call Me Crazy," which deals with my three stints (so far) on a psychiatric ward in 2012 and 2013. Click here to download the ebook version. I'll also read from "Courting Hunger," "A God's Life," "god-chaser" and a few favorite poets.

More details about the reading:

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Los Griegos Library (map) with a round robin open mic on Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon. This month's host and featured reader is Sari Krosinsky.

Sari is a writer, artist, Maude activist, and novice gamemaker. Ze has written three books of poetry and publishes Fickle Muses, an online journal of mythic poetry, fiction and art. Sari lives in Albuquerque, N.M., with zir partner, Robert Arthur Reeves.

This is the final reading in a monthly series at Los Griegos Library that began during National Poetry Month 2015. Participants are invited to remain at the end of the reading to discuss the possibility of continuing the series at another venue.

RSVP (optional) on Facebook or Meetup.



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