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Event Calendar
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special events
June 25 -29

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

readings & workshops
June 28

Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

special events
July 7

Dedicated to the One I Love: Karaoke for Education

readings & workshops
July 10

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park at Juneau Park

readings & workshops
July 12

Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

readings & workshops
July 14

Genre: Urban Arts Reading

readings & workshops
July 18

Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

performances
July 19

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

July 30 - Aug 10

Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

readings & workshops
August 14

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

performances
August 16

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

James Belflower

James Belflower is the author of The Posture of Contour: A Public Primer, forthcoming from Spring Gun Press in 2013; Commuter (Instance Press), which was voted 2009's "Best Book Length Long Poem/Sequence" by ColdFront magazine;Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook Prize; and a collaborative echap, And Also a Fountain (NeOpepper Press). His poems, essays and reviews appear, or are forthcoming in: Aufgabe, Fence, New American Writing, 1913, Drunken Boat, Coldfront, EOAGH, Denver Quarterly, and Apostrophe Cast among others. He is pursuing a PhD in Contemporary Poetics at SUNY Albany and co-curates the Yes! Reading Series in Albany, NY.

Selected Poems

The Briefing


James Belflower

 

It won't be much different than we are accustomed to. If I can't boundary a

fief can it remain a fief, if I remain negligent throughout, can it remain a fief,

if I use language other than from stone tablets can it remain a fief, if I read it

as a drone throughout, though tenderly, can it remain a fief, if I remove that

language and compose it thin can it remain if or if we



precisely share what remains of it can if become it and therefore if...



"Or, today, sending the currents burning in an arc, a lyre strung in an

hermetic globe, we switch the deuce from off to on and sit about the table

talking."



It is said, an advent of spills
 

an arc, of occluded feuds...
 

misspoken circles in a primitive hunt...
 

some formulas for meticulous negligence...




from The Posture of Contour / A Public Primer