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Below are the 7 most recent journal entries recorded in Portland Poet's LiveJournal:

Sunday, March 15th, 2009
11:40 pm
Poetry Reading April 5th @ Powell's
4/5 @ 4pm
Reading with poets
Kathryn Cowles (Eleanor, Eleanor, not your real name; Bear Star Press)
& Ely Shipley (Boy with Flowers; Barrow Street Press)
Powell's Books
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
Friday, April 20th, 2007
10:14 pm
Poetry Readings...?
I realize this community seems to be dead. However, I'm sure there are some people still watching it.

I just self-published a book of dark freeform (yeah, random tempo and no rhymes - sorry) poetry, and I'm kinda doing this backwards...because I mostly did it for me, but now I've decided I'd like to give the whole poetry reading thing a go.

Where are some common places readings (or open mic nights)are held in Portland? I'm in Tigard, but I'd definitely make the trip into the loveliest city I know. *cheezy*

If nothing else, is there now a more active PDX poetry group than this one?
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
10:36 pm
Anyone Out There??
Does anyone still watch this journal?
Sunday, May 14th, 2006
11:03 am
Reading Poetry Live
Tuesday evening I had a personal first. I attended a Portland poets’ reading night (Alberta St. Public House, Tuesdays 7pm) and signed up to read my work. There were about forty people in attendance that stayed the whole night through, and there were twenty slots available for poets who wished to read. Each poet was allotted seven minutes.

Initially, I did not know what to expect of the quality of their work, and more importantly, their content! My repertoire is so varied, I was completely unsure what to read. Another question I had was how to read. Were they going to really perform their pieces?? I was glad I took the last slot, and would be last. I was worried that no one would stay for my reading…

I made some friends quickly and kept some lively conversation going with different groups around the room. We met in a tavern, and the majority of them had the appearance of being well lubricated. Since they met weekly, they were very friendly with each other, and already chatty.

I listened to the readings on the topics of: God, sex, love, homelessness, spousal abuse, school corruption, and Cairo. I was truly surprised at the ability of this group to produce pretty unique verse from pretty predictable topics. I reflected on my own work, and realized I was just as guilty as the next person when it came to inspiration! In other words, I read:

She Brings False Flowers
I Want Your Feeling , and
Cornflower Blue

I hadn’t planned on being able to read all of the above poetry, but I had up to seven minutes, and not one poet read only one poem. I thought the grouping I brought was diverse enough that there would be something in there for any crowd. And the crowd itself was diverse, as I mentioned.

The overall experience was fantastic.

* I really had to examine my work for validity before I brought it into public.
* I gained confidence in my writing, as many approached me after the event to let me know they enjoyed the reading.
* I met some very interesting people, too – some talented people, as well.
* I am encouraged to write more and better for the next time I go read. The group meets weekly, but I don’t have to read weekly. However, it’s nice knowing there is quality to be heard, and live hands to shake.

I would have to recommend live reading for everyone who is ready for the next level of experience in their writing.

It is truly possible to breathe life into the words.
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
2:19 pm
A Night Of Random Literature
featuring Rob Christopher,
author of 100 Spinning Plates
Also reading: Frayn Masters and Mike Daily
Friday, January 20th 2005, 7:30 PM
@ Urban Grind Coffee
NE 22nd & Oregon Street

ABOUT 100 Spinning Plates:
"Rob Christopher's 100 SPINNING PLATES is a fascinating exercise in specificity and the economy of language - no word unnecessary, no explanation given where none needed. We experience the author's life through random ordered little snapshots, slices of life which stand individually but add up to much more than their sum. A book of memories, chance observations, sexual encounters, and odd little ironic events, all told with amazing objectivity which allows us to enter into the text like a piece of autobiographical detective fiction, putting together a very private life."
- Greg Allen, Artistic Director, The Neo-Futurists and creator of "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind"

ABOUT Rob Christopher:
Rob Christopher has lived in Chicago since 1993. His selfpublished "exploded novel" of Random Literature, 100 Spinning Plates, is available online at http://www.randomcha.net as well at fine bookstores like Powell's in Portland and Quimby's. In his spare time he watches far too many movies, mixes up retro cocktails (the Mai Tai being his specialty), and writes more stuff.
Sunday, March 20th, 2005
1:29 pm
I am 25 and I write poetry. Most of it is freinds only. Maybe I will post here sometime.
Friday, August 22nd, 2003
7:19 pm
Short poem i wrote back in 98

Love is a word I hate
Love is a word i do not believe in
will it come back
or will it be lost forever never to be found again
should I search for it
or shall I run and hide
will I be hurt again
or next time could it be true
i can never know until i trust love again
but should I and fear what could happen again
or not and always be safe
i do not know
i just fear the pain
that has happened before by those 3 words
I love you

Michael Burnham
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