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AVENIDA URIBURU, Michael Hanner’s collection of poems and oddments from his and his wife’s trip to Buenos Aires in November, 2014, was published January 1st. It is available through Amazon for $6 plus s&h. Here is the book’s epilogue:
“Avenida President José Evaristo Uriburu runs through a high-rent portion of Buenos Aires. It’s a side street of laundries, kindergartens, neighborhood restaurants and groceries, most with a five or ten story apartment house plopped on top. There’s usually a glass door with one of those high-end, Israeli locks and a doorman who smiles at the right people. The man who sells DVDs in paper sleeves is laying out his wares on the broken sidewalk. No hurry to buy; he’ll be here all day, every day. Two blocks one way is a shopping mall abutting Recoleta cemetery. Two blocks the other way is Avenida Santa Fe, a busy, tree-lined shopping street. The beggar who waits for alms across from Garbarino’s is well dressed. Our street is forgotten, brand new, outdated, bustling, sad and relentlessly urban, but all November the city is jacarandas in bloom. Flower sellers are out, the café windows open.”
Erik Muller’s chapbook Shadowing is free with any purchase at Tsunami Books. The bookstore is its sole distributor.
Scott Landfield of Tsunami Books sends us the following news:
Friday, February 6, 7 PM meet-and-greet, 7:30 PM Reading: Reading, Signing, and Book Release Celebration for S. (Sarah) M. Hulse, author of the highly regarded debut novel “Black River” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Sarah is a recent Grad of the U of O Masters Program of Creative Writing. Here is what Library Journal has to say: “Claire Carver’s dying wish is that her husband play a song on his fiddle that she loves, one he wrote that evokes the mountainous surroundings of their Montana hometown. But Wes Carver has not been able to play the fiddle for 20 years. His hands are crippled, one of many cruel reminders of a prolonged episode of hideous torture at the hands of a convict during a prison riot. Wes, like many men in Black River, worked as a guard. After the riot, he and Claire left Black River. When Wes next returns there years later, numb, laconic, and angry, it is with his wife’s ashes in tow. Can he mend the broken relationship with his stepson? Can he withstand the parole hearing for the man who maimed him for life? Will he rekindle his lost Christian faith and find any kind of hope for a good life without his beloved Claire? VERDICT Heads up–Hulse is a smart writer, able to reveal her character’s gut-level emotions and trickiest self manipulations. Comparing the author to Annie Proulx, Wallace Stegner, or Kent Haruf is no exaggeration. Her debut is bound to turn readers’ hearts inside out and leave them yearning for some sweet, mournful fiddle music.” Local fiddler Chip Cohen will treat us to background music beginning at 7. (Free)
What: Official Release Party for Issue #36 of The Bear Deluxe
When: Saturday, February 7th, 2015. Doors open at 7PM, event starts at 8:30, ends at 11PM
Where: The Waypost, 3120 North Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97227
This issue of The Bear Deluxe celebrates Poetry of Place. To that end, The Bear Deluxe held a poetry contest, and the winners have been published in issue #36 and each crowned as a Bard Deluxe.
The release party will include poetry readings by the contest winners: Ross Robbins, Laura Christina Dunn, Armin Tolentino, Anita Sullivan, Megan Freshley, Kendall Core and Marj Hogan.