Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Julia Gordon-Bramer Featured Reader at Tavern of Fine Arts on Monday, November 30

Julia Gordon-Bramer will be one of three featured readers at the •chance operations• reading at Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Avenue, on Monday, November 30.

Also featured will be Phil Gounis and Ben Moeller-Gaa.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; admission is FREE. [Note: Tavern of Fine Arts opens at 5:00 p.m. for pre-reading dinner and drinks, which will also be served throughout the evening.]

Julia Gordon-Bramer is a professional tarot card reader, writer, and scholar of Sylvia Plath. Her book, Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath was published this year by Stephen F. Austin State University Press and can be ordered on Amazon. In 2013, the Riverfront Times called her St. Louis’ Best Local Poet.
Conscious Uncoupling

I’m sad about Gwyneth and Chris:
how mean the press presses
and paparazzi snap them running
through airports with hoods up,
sunglasses on, tears streaming.
The Star is on display
in my grocery stands, and its
journalists crucify Gwyn’s talk
show hyperbole, a down-
play of pain. I don’t listen
to Coldplay much and I don’t
have time for movies, but it isn’t
right. This public hunger to murder
the famous, just because
we are not. Maybe I’m sad
for Gwyneth and Chris because
every relationship is fragile, and we
are all searching through our acts
for story with substance, hoping
we are more than just how we look,
as we hide the wrinkles and seek
ripples in the water, a turn of words
to stay stuck in the brain. Something
lasting. To live and be
worth remembering. To teach our kids
what love looks like on and off
movie screens: sometimes breaking,
sometimes broken, occasionally healed,
and without Starbucks’ soundtracks.

-- Julia Gordon-Bramer

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