Thursday, September 28, 2023

Open-Air Poetry Reading with David Holper

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Even money you don't have enough poetry or fresh air in your life right now. Get both on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. at 4007 Cedar St. in Eureka, where David Holper will be reading from his new book of poems Language Lessons: A Linguistic Hejira. Bring a lawn chair and settle in for an al fresco reading of the inaugural Eureka poet laureate's work inspired by untranslatable words from other languages. Curious? Here's a poem from the book sparked by the Russian word for the falling of leaves:


Along the trail, we gathered
the largest of the rust-colored sycamore leaves
that had fallen to where our hands found them.
Later we placed them on the coffee table,
sat by candlelight, and wrote poems
about autumn. What dark sweetness
in watching the winter
prepare her spare gray garments
wreathed in smoke and fog
and the chill of the first killing frost.


Listopad (Russian, noun): Means literarally “the falling of the leaves” but is also the name of the month for October.

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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