Thursday, October 2, 2014

Feathered Ladder—Poetry Reading


WHAT:    A reading from my new book Feathered Ladder, a collection with Dennis Patrick Slattery
WHEN:    Sunday, October 5th, 3 pm until 5 pm
WHERE:  The Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo, 1531 Monterey Street, across from Frank's
WITH:      Laura Moll, environmental sculptor
                David Stroup, large format photographs
                Craig Kincaid, acoustic music

I have been writing poetry for the last 40 years, or rather, it writes itself through me.  The primary themes of my work are relationship, archaic wisdom…the essentials of being an enlightened human, myth, legend, magic, intimacy, and suchness.  I've been told at different times that "Your work  is sublime", or alternatively, "Your work is perverse", the problem for me is, I don't know which is which!

Regarding the alchemical mixing of photography and poetry: odd, isn’t it, that although we do not perceive a black and white world, black and white photography is thought to be more “real” than color photography.  Perhaps it better intuits a profound truth, that of duality:  black/white, light/dark, boiling/freezing, love/hate, life/death.

Poetry is real in the same sense.  Poets do not look directly at the face of God, but we describe what is ultimately real, the underlayment of duality which is harmony and balance.  We point to mystery, to the irrational experience which yields the comfort of understanding.

Poetry is a perfumed wasp, an obsidian kimono, a feathered ladder.

Product Details:
Feathered Ladder: Selected Poems 
Authors: Dennis Patrick Slattery and Brian Landis
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: il piccolo editions; 1st edition (March 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN 10: 1771690127
ISBN 13: 9781771690126

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