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Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Monday, July 4, 2016

Poem for Lisa Loewenthal

Lisa Loewenthal, Celeste Gurevich, and Christopher Luna by Josh Lubin
 After sharing the bill with Lisa Loewenthal at Burnt Tongue 16 at Crush Bar in Portland on May 21, I made a point of letting her know how much I had enjoyed her stories. She immediately asked me to tell her what I had liked about them. A fair question which I utterly failed to answer. I was being sincere, yet I had not prepared a detailed critique, and was not prepared to articulate my feelings. I left feeling that I had a disappointed her, and possibly made a bad first impression.

This encounter was on my mind when Lisa and I shared the bill again (along with the amazing Celeste Gurevich) at Josh Lubin's spectacular series, Salon Skid Row, at The Corner Bar in Portland on June 14. so as I listened to her, I wrote the following poem, which I post here to honor her greatness.

Below I have also posted some pictures from the event.



“Let’s Not Get Caught Up in All This Truth Now”
For Lisa

new and alive
brilliant contagion
flash truth

                        “it’s true”

forgive my short-term memory loss

long to listen
           
                  listen

                        listen

read     & re-read

don’t dismiss me prematurely
for my fanboy clumsiness
but accept my undying admiration

“I have to hear every word”

Let’s Not Get Caught Up in All This Truth Now. Harvey Keitel in the film Youth
 

Andrew Gurevich and Mo Daviau at Salon Skid Row June 14, 2016

Celeste Gurevich at Salon Skid Row by Domi Shoemaker
Celeste Gurevich at Salon Skid Row by Domi Shoemaker
Christopher Luna at Salon Skid Row by Domi Shoemaker
Salon Skid Row MC Josh Lubin by Domi Shoemaker
Lisa Loewenthal, Celeste Gurevich, and Christopher Luna by Amy Temple Harper
Amy Temple Harper and Josh Lubin photograph Lisa Loewenthal, Celeste Gurevich, and Christopher Luna 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

"I hardly ever do this sitting down," a poem inspired by Bryce Schramm's performance at Paper Tiger Coffee in Vancouver, WA on June 15, 2016



“I hardly ever do this sitting down”
With love for Bryce Schramm
and all my friends at Paper Tiger Coffee
June 15, 2016


Gemini Calvinist
self-professed
black hole
learning guitar
you put love into it
it’ll love you
right back

fresh bodies
little lovelies
truck lovin mothers
anonymous girlfriends
third hand toxicity
ghostly underwriters
recycle cereal
new screens
old Dads
get thee to
the railroad store

faulty descriptions
however necessary
haters can’t grok
the rule of threes
she’s a strip tease
home dream
unconditional love theme
out-of-town drop in
demented drone
sense less
title less
little wave from
sweetness

foie gras fuckwad
heartsick joke
fool wit the phallus
then try to move us
w/ aquatic tragedy
elderberry sanctuary
lizard king sanctimony
need to touch something wild
no bullwhips
anywhere
in the vicinity

“Pretty interesting how we are, isn’t it?”

I hardly ever do this sitting down. Bryce Schramm
You have an instrument, and you put love into it, it’ll love you right back. Ty
She’s a strip tease. Toni Lumbrazo Luna
I need to touch something wild. Herb Stokes
Pretty interesting how we are, isn’t it? Rainy Knight

Four Poems Written During The Cosmic Dust Fusion Band's Memorial Day 2016 Show



The Cosmic Dust Fusion Band
Unitarian Church
4505 E 18th St., Vancouver, WA
Memorial Day 2016

The Cosmic Dust Fusion Band performs at the Unitarian Church in Vancouver, WA on May 30, 2016
 Rosario

That was his name. Draw the brush slowly, deliberately, across the landscape. Thought gives form to color. Memory gives form to emotion. The sanctity of true friendship. The ease of it. The quick laughter. The unforced smile. Remember the times we sat together. No one can erase these moments from the mind’s eye.  
 
Jim Templeton and Mike Doolin
 New York Taxicab

Pay you extra to take me to the tunnel. Fear beyond language. Top speed. No signal. No frame. Not where I expected to be. The street fragments and streaks. Where do you get off? What’re you thinkin’?
Who told you that? No way.

Charles Neal
 Blues #7

“What happened to the first six, I can’t tell ya.”

Talk so often ‘bout myself, people wish I’d just shut my mouth
Talk so often ‘bout myself, people wish I’d just shut my mouth
“Gonna call myself on the telephone one day, and tell myself to shut up”
(Miles Davis)

They say a poet is a person in love with the sound of his own voice
A poet is a person in love with the sound of his own voice
But when this scribe begins to speak,             don’t it sound so nice?

If you don’t have nothin’ to say, why open your mouth at all?
If you got nothin’ new to say, why open your mouth at all?
If your heart’s not in it, why say anything at all?

Hope they never take this mic away
Been writin’ all my life
If they should take this mic away
Could mean the end of my life

I promise
not to
say
another
word
‘less
that shit is
true
profound
precise

The Cosmic Dust Fusion Band performs at the Unitarian Church in Vancouver, WA on May 30, 2016
 The Roots Of The Forest

This afternoon I renew my vow of devotion to you. Allow me to be the protector of your heart. Put your tiny hand in mind and we’ll walk slowly into the beautiful darkness of our future. Not imaginative enough to have thought it could ever be this good. A true partner by my side. A stalwart friend, willing to corkscrew my bones to breaking when the time comes. To bruise my ribs when the time is right. Like a couple of kids. Who cares if we come away with a little bark in our hair?   
 
The Cosmic Dust Fusion band is Jim Templeton (keyboards), Mike Doolin (guitar), Pete Petersen (winds), Sam Hallam (bass), and Charles Neal (drums). For more information, visit The Cosmic Dust Fusion Band