They say that life may have come to the Earth
on a meteor kicked up from the Martian plains
by some asteroid gone astray,
or it might be the byproduct of star factories,
churning out chiral molecules in interstellar space,
to seed far flung worlds.
If so, then where is my home?
And who among us lay rightful claim here,
if only the rocks are indigenous?
And is this why my ancestors believed
that we all return to the stars
to dance in the sky at the end of life?
© 2012, Duane Poncy
October Reading and 2012 Publishing Announcements
Join us for an evening of poetry and prose at Eat.Art.Theater, Milepost 5’s fine café and performance venue. Featured readers will be Ralph Salisbury, Brittney Corrigan and Jay Thiemeyer.
Stay for open mic. Bring something to read. Come early to sign up and enjoy a bite or brew from Eat.Art.Theater.
Tuesday. October 11, 7:30 pm
E.A.T., NE 81st and Oregon St.
Author Ralph Salisbury
thirteen books evoke his Cherokee-Shawnee-Irish-English-American heritage. “In the Children’s Museum in Nashville” was published in the New Yorker, in 1960, and attracted attention as a precursor to the contemporary Native American literary movement. Rainbows of Stone
was a 2000 Oregon Book Award finalist, and his 2009 Light from a Bullet Hole
was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Poet Brittney Corrigan
poems have appeared in The Texas Observer, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Borderlands, The Blue Mesa Review, Oregon Review, Manzanita Quarterly, and Hip Mama, among others. She is the poetry editor for the online literary journal Hyperlexia. To read more of Brittney’s work, visit her website at http://brittneycorrigan.com.
is the author of Marginal Notes. Jay has been a long-time homeless advocate and co-host to KBOO radio’s “My Buckets Got a Hole In It.” His poems have appeared in Burnside Cadillac, Street Roots, and The Portland Alliance. He will be freshly back from Mondragon Spain and hopes to have some pieces based on his experience there.
The Habit of Rainy Nights Press will announce its 2012 publishing selections tonight.