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date
Jun 19 2018

Red Hen Press Event at Annenberg Beach House: June 19

Red Hen Press presents John Barr, Catherine Woodard, Lory Bedikian, Chloe Schwenke, and Bruce Bauman, with music by Nathan Barr for an evening of poetry at the Annenberg Community Beach House, starting at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served! The event is free.

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9:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica , California
Jun 21 2018

Jason Koo and Catherine Blauvelt

Join us for a reading by Jason Koo from his new collection, More Than Mere Light (Prelude, 2018) with Catherine Blauvelt, author of Here High Note, High Note (Prelude, 2017). 

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7:00pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg
76 North 4th Street
11249 Brooklyn, New York
Jun 23 2018

Shore Thing Getaway

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers.

Admission fee: $85.00
9:15am
Dante Hall Theater
14 North Mississippi Avenue
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey

poems

poem

(for Emmett Louis Till)

1.
Your limbs buried
in northern muscle carry
their own heartbeat

2.
Mississippi...
alert with
conjugated pain

3.
young Chicago
stutterer whistling
more than flesh

4.
your pores

poem

1

Something startles me where I thought I was safest,
I withdraw from the still woods I loved,
I will not go now on the pastures to walk,
I will not strip the clothes from my body to meet my lover the sea,
I will not touch my flesh to the earth as to other flesh to renew me.

poem

All his life he struggled at how to ask,
unable to talk to his father.
Instead of the right questions, he learns to mimic

the musings of women.
How else does one assume a nonsalaried office?
Every room and every portal framing an open window,

in a house full of answers,
become