Celebration of George Hitchcock

Friday, June 12, 7 pm, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene OR: Dramatic Reading and Celebration of the newly released book The Wounded Alphabet: Collected Poems by George Hitchcock ( http://www.tavernbooks.com/ ). George (deceased), formerly of Eugene, as well as Portland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and La Paz, was a surrealist with a vast, playfully serious spirit in the universe of poetry. His is an art of carnivals, parades, and big brass instruments with top-hatted showmanship lit up on the page. His wild, vaudevillian style is saturated with a pure joy for words, but always with a reverence for meaning. The Wounded Alphabet collects over five decades of writing and contains twelve early collages that illustrate his ongoing painterly obsession with the juxtaposition of images. George was always a favorite contributor to the poetry world at Tsunami Books. This grand event is in conjunction with a major showing of his paintings at the White Lotus Gallery (http://www.wlotus.com/) In Eugene on Saturday, June 13. Light refreshment.