Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 2017 Poetry at Florey's!

Florey's Books invites you to our ongoing poetry event!

***Saturday, May 27th, 7:30-9:30pm***

The featured poets this month are Walker Brents, III and Marvin R. Hiemstra.

From Sherri:

It's time for an announcement of this month's poetry reading. I am delighted to say that we will welcome Walker Brents, III and Marvin R. Hiemstra as our featured poets, and I hope you will all consider joining us. It's going to be a unique and memorable evening! Please also bring, if you can, drinks, snacks or supplies (cups, napkins, plates) for the table. You are invited to share your own, or a favorite poet's work at open mic (3 minutes, please).

NOTE: Traffic on the coast has gotten considerably heavier in the last few years. Especially if the weather is good, allow a little extra time to get to Florey's.

About the featured poets:

Walker Brents III is storyteller/artist-in-residence at Berkwood Hedge School in Berkeley. Here he accesses narrative forms of a great many times and places, within each of which a literary germ awaits its revelation as an open secret.
For some fifteen years he has provided a once-a-month series of speech-performances covering various poetic, mythical, and literary subjects at Bird and Beckett Bookstore, as an offering to its Cultural Legacy Project. He also relates stories from the ancient epics at the Asian Art Museum. His book, Mirage Farm, was published in 2005.
As to his poetry, he holds to the subliminal tents of late 20th century symbolist/surrealist/abstract-expressionist styles, in all their idiosyncratic variations, shaped by the blowing winds of modernism in its "pre" and "post" forms. Which is to say his inheritance is free-verse American vernacular poetry, which assimilates back into itself, through each practitioner, all it seems to cast off.
The timeless element comes in with the suggestion of myth, of myth as a presence. What is myth as a presence? A visitation of awareness, awareness of the magnetic core of perception and experience, awareness of the analog which gives each its texture, an awareness expressible as text, as speech or upon the page.
Poetry: a mystery tradition in honor of the engendering alphabet. Were I a laconic cowboy, I might sum all this up in saying: "My poems don't rhyme, ma'am, but some of them do."

Marvin R. Hiemstra was born a noisy Leo in the Year of the Rabbit and delighted the tiny Iowa prairie grass frogs with slam bang versions of Shostakovich’s Preludes before his feet could reach the pedals. Poet, social critic, founding Editor-in-Chief of the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, and green man advocate, Marvin, recent work in Caveat Lector, Amsterdam Quarterly, The Satirist, and the North American Review, publishes and appears around the world. “What I hold closest to my heart is Marvin’s reminder of ‘the importance of human affection in this totally terrifying 21st Century!’ ” Shawn Pittard, The Great American Pinup. “Whimsical poet/humorist Hiemstra shares his thoughts and observations on society: a very agreeable addition to contemporary American literature.” Library Journal.

We hope to see you!

Poetry at Florey's:

***Saturday, May 27th, 7:30-9:30pm***

Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)