Posts Tagged: Samiya Bashir

This Week in Books: Field Theories

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice.

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Notable Portland: 1/26–2/1

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Thursday 1/26: James Galvin reads from his poetry, hosted by the Portland State University Creative Writing Department. Literary Arts, 4:30 p.m., free.

Rob Spillman, cofounding editor of Tin House, reads from his new memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and is joined in conversation afterwards by Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and the forthcoming Abandon Me.

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Notable Portland: 1/12–1/18

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Friday 1/13: Franz Nicolay reads from his anarcho-leftist memoir debut, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control and is joined afterwards in conversation by Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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National Poetry Month, Day 18: “Transparent to Visible Light” by Samiya Bashir

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Transparent to Visible Light

Across the seas, and then across the
seas, an aircraft carried full and whole
a world: as far apart as their fair
hostess could achieve sat mother and
father and their little girl who sucked
a sulking, tortured curl she’d wound

around her head, smacked the frayed strands
against her lips like a lapdog kiss.

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