Spare Room Reading Series Presents Valerie Wernet & Peter O’Leary
Sunday, November 8
Independent Publishing Resource Center
1001 SE Division
Valerie Wernet is a Portland poet, originally from Portland. She writes about color & vision. Valerie is currently at work on her first book, which is composed and executed on a typewriter. Her work has been published in Small Po[r]tions Journal, and is part of the holdings of the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago & an interdisciplinary BA from the Evergreen State College. http://valeriewernet.com
Peter O’Leary has written four books of poetry, most recently Phosphorescence of Thought (Cultural Society, 2013). In 2016, the Cultural Society will publish The Sampo, a book-length fantasy drawn from the Finnish national epic. Among other things, he is the literary executor of the Ronald Johnson estate, he edits Verge Books, and he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the University of Chicago. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
NOT THE MOON;
THE MOON NOT
angels watching oer
me — my loord :
WHAT IS THE
SOUGHT & PRIZ
i see the moon & the
moon sees me
from The Sampo
Moon like a torch fuse. Moon like a redolence of life. A force. A smear.
Väinämöinen. Feeling at his feet earthen powers. Väinämöinen. An incitation,
a feeling of the turning world. An opening in the grove. Spied there. Sudden
kratophanic onset. Sense of instant forces. Issuing into him. Singing.