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Paul Willis Features Thursday in Ventura–see you there!

December 11, 2013

PoseidonPasadenaP1Join Art Predator and students Thursday December 12 at 7:30pm for a featured reading by Westmont Professor Paul Willis at Foster Library (in the Topping Room) 651 E. Main Street, Ventura CA 93001. Paul is also a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, host of the annual William Stafford reading, and an avid outdoorsperson.

Phil Taggart hosts and an open mic follows (one poem, no epics!) where my students and I will read from our newly published anthologies. It’s free, but we pass the hat.

Pictured is a broadside I did for the publication of part of my recent commission for the City of Pasadena on water and power. The publication has the whole thing; I read the first part last week (most of what you see here plus another stanza from later in the poem);  I’ll read the last third on Thursday.

“Preparedness” a poem 
by Paul Willis
 
The earthquake prediction for California:

uncontrolled wildfires—as many as

1600 of them all along the San Andreas.
 
That’s why I have reinforced

the bottom of my swimming pool.

Interstates will be cracked in half,
 
my driveway littered with fallen oaks,

but at least I’ll have a starting place

for my own private bucket brigade.
 
And if the place goes up in smoke

after all, the flames burning

on every side, I’ll still be there,
 
floating on my asbestos mattress

with drink in hand, riding the waves

of every delicious aftershock.
 
future features
 
December 19  Open Mic
December 26 NO READING
January  2     Youssef Alaoui, John Swain
                          & Dennis Ray Powell Jr.
January  9     Ron Alexander
January 16    Shelley Savren
January 23    NO READING
January 30    Open Mic
February  6   Aaron Gardner  
February 13   Enid Osborn
February 20  Paul Portuges
2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2013 10:14 pm

    Reblogged this on whisper down the write alley and commented:

    Hope to see you 12/12/13!

  2. December 12, 2013 5:20 pm

    Rachel Pratley

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