The debut Chance Operations reading series will be held on Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Duff's, 392 North Euclid Avenue, in the Central West End. Admission $3.00.
Born Again, Hard
Gerald Stern, these are your steps.
Here's where Rebecca found me, reading Dostoyevsky.
Here's where I freaked out, here's where I threw up.
Now I'm back to lie in the grass.
Tonight I'm going to smoke with the reggae men
and dance like a fool. I've got a fat check in my wallet
and I plan on drinking until morning.
Tonight I may die, in this place i was born, for all I plan to do I may hang.
Out there-- I pointed to Catullus.
I saw the next Robert Frost, I dropped names!
I'm back, unsheathed, unguarded,
with nothing but history to call on.
Elly Herget and Erin Wiles, from Bad Shoe, St. Louis' only literary magazine featuring entirely women writers and artists.
Matthew Freeman, author of the recently published Darkness Never Far, his third collection of poems.
Chris Parr, performance poet who has read his work at art spaces, music venues, and poetry events, in his native New Zealand, as well as in Boston, New York and St. Louis.
Lauren Keefer, a veteran of both Get Born and River Styx' Hungry Young Poets series.