Walt Curtis on Mala Noche, Portland’s literary history and Hollywood dildos.
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Poet Walt Curtis sits in a tiny room in his shared house
in Kerns, amid stacks of books and papers and an in-progress abstract
nude painting. As the smell of grilled meat wafts in from the Mexican
A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.
Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about
love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all
been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some
Arts & Books
"Marty looked as if he was seeing things that most of us would never see. And doing things we would never do. And thinking things I will never think. And saying things that we would never be able to say... I have to read them or hear them... to find out what they are."—Gus Van Sant from his introduction to My Flashlight Was Attacked By Bats. "Marty’s flamboyant, uninhibited, sometimes very difficult ...
Let’s get the obligatory journalism out of the way
quickly: Michael Dickman’s biography is interesting. He and his twin
brother, Matthew, are both terribly renowned young poets (if poets are
Local writer/blogger/reading series mistress/Tweet-addict Melissa Lion is launching "What the Shit: A Dramatic Twitter Reading Series" this Friday, May 22, at Green Dragon. That's right—get drunk and shout out your 140 character brilliance...or somebody else's brilliance. There's really no rules yet. Here's Lion's explanation (she's been Tweetin' about the damn thing all day, naturally): Welcome ...
Hooray for local artists getting national attention for their work! David Biespiel, a beloved Portland-based poet and teacher, has just been awarded the Best Poetry of the Year by The Poetry Foundation. His new book of poems, The Book of Men and Women, explores the remorseful emotions of regret, longing, and loss through the complex relationships between members of the opposite gender. Biespiel, ...