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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

QUINTON DUVAL and LISA DOMINGUEZ ABRAHAM—Nov. 12, 2007



Quinton Duval and Lisa Dominguez Abraham appeared before a packed crowd at the Sacramento Poetry Center that saw several attendees pulling their camping chairs, still there from the previous weekend’s soccer game, out of their trunks in order to get a seat.

Quinton Duval mentioned that he was currently a member of a writing group that had all female members, and he announced that it was the first time he had experienced such a group dynamic since he was once in an all-girl jug band. He jokingly said that he would be reading some pieces from that period in his life.

From his most recent book, Joe’s Rain, he read “Humble Pie,” “Swan,” “Weep,” “Into The Shining Sea,” and “Joe’s Rain.”

Within this set he drew attention to his “lucky postcard from William Wordsworth’s grave” that served as a bookmark. He said he got the idea from John Hawkes, whom Duval had escorted many years before during graduate school. The picture Hawkes kept as talisman was of Faulkner in red riding gear.

He then read a poem that was influenced by his mother who lives in western North Carolina. In the piece he imagined his mother at the stool in her kitchen where she does everything from peeling carrots to talking on the telephone. That image endured through the poem.

Then Duval read some recent poems that will be coming out in the spring from Kathy Kieth’s Rattlesnake Press. There was “Time’s Arrow,” “The Fabulous Future,” “Among Summer Pines,” “Old Friend,” and “Morning Tea.”



Lisa Dominguez Abraham then took to the mic. She read from her new chapbook collection entitled Low Notes. However, the first pieces she read were not from Low Notes. The initial piece was dedicated to the iconic song “Devil with a Blue Dress.” Then she read “Bentley’s Lingerie and Dance Supply,” “Toshiko Kikazu’s Close-Mouthed Vase,” “Christmas Concert.” Then she read from Low Notes: “Rainmakers,” a poem in the voice of a jellyfish, and “On Seeing a Family Cemetery.”

A poem made from lines culled from the evening.

We Descend from Refugees

Into the sea everything goes.
We descend from refugees. Their refrains fitted with wings.

How many songs have you known with pilgrim inside?
Notes chosen over 300 years ago.

Let end note fade into prayer.
I practice every day being still,
a bird in the alluvial scatter.

Do you feel time’s arrow working itself out the other side of you too?
We live a simple life among summer pines.
Random images help keep me upright in the black squeeze:

women anxious to pee and get back up there
the hang of scrotum
(the measurable is where Mrs. Bentley will begin)
that bowl full of blue speckled eggs
that big Q in Bar-B-Q.

Memory is my crew.
Time is different for all of us solitary travelers.

We let the syrup of the day thicken.
Love survives in neon water as well as anything else.

Bury us all on water.
Tell them to bring rope and a sheet of plywood.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

SACRAMENTO LITERARY EVENTS [November]

2 Friday
The Other Voice, sponsored by
the Unitarian Universalist Church
of Davis presents Susan Kelly-
DeWitt. Betty Vlack will be giving
a presentation on our new Poet
Laureate, Donald Hall. The reading
is at 7:30 in the library of the church
located at 27074 Patwin Road.


3 Saturday
All are invited to Escritores del
Nuevo Sol’s writing workshop
and potluck. 11am. at La Raza
Galeria Posada, 1024 22nd Street,
Sacramento. For info call Graciela
Ramirez, 456-5323 or joannpen@
comcast.net. Website: www.
escritoresdelnuevosol.com


5 Monday
SPC presents Do Gentry and
James DenBoer at HQ for the Arts
– 1719 25th Street. Hosted by Art
Mantecon. 7:30pm.


6 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
Hart Senior Center, 27th & J. Bring
15 - 20 copies of your one-page
poem. Info: Danyen, (530) 756-
6228


8 Thursday
Poetry Unplugged features TBA at
Luna’s Café. Hosted by Mario Ellis
Hill. Festivities begin at 8pm and
there will be an open mic as well.


11 Sunday
The Pomo Literati radio program
featuring selected pre-recorded
poetic rarites from pre-beat to post
modern and beyond. Live guest
poet/authors. 2pm to 4pm. KUSF
90.3 fm in SF and/or www.kusf.
edu follow the prompts. Hosted
by frank andrick. This episode will
feature performances by William
S. Gainer, Chris Olander, Josh
Fernandez and Neeli Cherkovski.
Pre-recorded rare stuff from Philip
Lamantia, Frank O’Hara, and Patti
Smith (recorded on KUSF). Plus
more collaborative works from The
Germ and frank andrick, and Fari
and friends. Spontaneous stuff.


12 Monday
General meeting of the SPC Board
of Directors meets at HQ for the
Arts - 1719 25th Street – 6:00pm.
All members or interested parties
are invited to attend.
Sacramento Poetry Center presents
a reading by Quinton Duval and
Lisa Dominguez Abraham. Bob
Stanley hosts at HQ for the Arts
– 1719 25th Street. 7:30pm


13 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
Hart Senior Center, 27th & J. Bring
15 - 20 copies of your one-page
poem. Info: Danyen, (530) 756-
6228

Bistro 33 Poetry Series. 8:30 pm
Open Mic after. Bistro 33 in Historic
Davis City Hall, 226 “F” Street, 3rd
and “F” Streets in Davis. Features: James Ragan


14 Wednesday
Rattlesnake Press presents Taylor
Graham at The Book Collector,
1008 24th St., Sacramento, 7:30-9
PM, to celebrate the release of her
new chapbook, Among Neighbors.
Also appearing: a littlesnake
broadside, Heaven is Where You
Hang Your Wings, from FRANK
ANDRICK, plus a a perpetual
calendar featuring the poetry and
photography of KATY BROWN.
Refreshments and a read-around
will follow; bring your own poems
or somebody else’s. More info:
kathykieth@hotmail.com
Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology
Hour, host Andy Jones, 5pm,
KDVS-90.3 FM or subscribe to
podcast at www.kdvs.org.


15 Thursday
SPC’s fall reading series at the
Carmichael Library culminates
with a special event featuring
readings by Joshua McKinney
and Kathleen Lynch. 7:30 pm
at Carmichael Library, Marconi
Avenue between Garfield and Fair
Oaks. Free.


Luna’s Poetry Unplugged features
Tim Kahl and Richard Beban. Open mic before/after. Hosted
by Geoffrey Neill. 8pm at Luna’s
Café, 1414 16th Street. Info: 441- 3931 or www.lunascafe.com. Free.


17 Saturday
Jeff Knorr at The Book Collector,
1008 24th St., Sacramento, 7:30PM.
916.442-9295.
“Words, Music, and Motion” An
evening of storytelling, spoken
word, music and dance. Free fam-
ily event at Café Refugio, 1901 Del
Paso Blvd. 6:30pm

Underground Poetry Series presents
Aushanti Pierce, plus a combined
reading of Black Men Expressing
Tour & Black Women Expressing
Tour. plus open mic. 7-9pm, $3.00.
Underground Books, 2814 35th
Street (35th and Broadway).Hosted
by La-Rue’ 916-737-3333


19 Monday
Sacramento Poetry Center presents
a reading by Donald Anderson,
Nikki Quismondo and others
to celebrate the release of Sun
Shadow Mountain, a collection
of poetry, art and photography.
Hosted by Indigo Moor at HQ
for the Arts – 1719 25th Street.
7:30pm.


20 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
Hart Senior Center, 27th & J. Bring
15 - 20 copies of your one-page
poem. Info: Danyen, (530) 756-
6228


21 Wednesday
Moore time for Poetry: Terry
Moore’s Access Television Show,
9pm, co-host Tyra Moore. Access
Sacramento, Channel 17


22 Thursday
Poetry Unplugged at Luna’s Café.
8pm. hosted by Frank Andrick.
Free.


24 Saturday
“The Show” Poetry Series: Neo-
soul artist Kevin Sandbloom
comes to town from Los Angeles.
Check out his website at www.
kevinsandbloom.com. 7:00 to
9:00pm All ages are welcome. Cost:
$5.00 Note: The Show is back at
Wose Community Center! Contact:
(916) 208-POET. Saturday,


26 Monday
Sacramento Poetry Center
presents Brad Buchanan’s CSUS
Creative Writing Class. Tim Kahl
hosts. HQ for the Arts - 1719 25th
Street. 7:30pm


27 Tuesday
SPC Poetry Workshop, 7:30pm,
Hart Senior Center, 27th & J.
Bring 15 - 20 copies of your one-
page poem. Info: Danyen, (530)
756-6228


28 Wednesday
SPC’s annual benefit at the home
of Mimi and Burnett Miller. Food,
poetry, music, and good cheer.
Readings by Victoria Dalkey and
Quinton Duval. $30 per person
donation to attend. RSVP 979-9706
or come and pay at the door.
Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology
Hour, host Andy Jones, 5pm,
KDVS-90.3 FM or subscribe to
podcast at www.kdvs.org.


29 Thursday
Poetry Unplugged at Luna’s Café.
8pm. Free.

A benefit for the Yuba Watershed
Institute: “Peaks, Fires & Spirits of
Love and Loss,” An Evening with
Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Gary
Snyder. The Center for the Arts,
314 West Main St. Grass Valley,
7:30pm.
Admission is $35.00 including
dessert buffet and no host bar.
for tickets call 530-271-700 or
thecenterforthearts.org. For info
contact Tania Carlone, Yuba
Watershed Institute, 530-265-4459
or taniacarlone@sbcglobal.net