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Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian
Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nico Vassilakis and Crystal Curry at Concordia Coffee House November 29

Spare Room presents

Nico Vassilakis
Crystal Curry

Sunday, November 29
7:30 pm
Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta
$5.00 suggested donation

Upcoming Readings
December 19: Marathon reading: Clark Coolidge's Crystal Text and Leslie Scalapino's New Time
January 17: Kyle Schlesinger, Charles Alexander, & Joel Bettridge
February 21: Bill Berkson
March 21: Canarium Books Reading Tour: Suzanne Buffam, John Beer, Ish Klein, & Paul Killebrew


Nico Vassilakis works with alphabet both textually and visually. Recent books include Protracted Type (Blue Lion), Disparate Magnets (BlazeVOX), staReduction (Book Thug), and Text Loses Time (Many Penny). His visual poems and videos have been shown at festivals and exhibitions of innovative language art, and can be found online ( and Nico is a founding member of Seattle's Subtext Collective.

Crystal Curry's poems and reviews have appeared both off and online in journals such as VERSE, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, Open City, The Hat, Octopus Magazine and Action, Yes. She is the author of the chapbook Logotherapy Pant (Cosa Nostra) and the forthcoming full-length collection Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium, which was selected by Dara Wier for the 8th annual Slope Editions Book Prize. She currently resides in Seattle, where she manages a gourmet deli and grades composition papers online.



Dear Dresden, said the perforations. Light shining through that one art project we call, for the last time, Plummet

These decentralized thoughts. A basket filled with pickings from a known source

Demurred then cordoned off – this part becomes touch less

Even blameless, thought Maude, moving across the food court trying to go unnoticed. Straws left behind. Overstuffed garbage cans. Lots of living going on (here)

Maude had cajoled the attendants into giving her extra attention

A cluster of people were detained

This horribly tiring thing.

Nico Vassilakis


& yea though I waltz

tasered & dowsed

through humerus mazes of quasars & brim-

stone sterna between thyself & thy

providence gave us

solar roses

of red-skinned urchins who lurk in the ions

of earthlings whoever

so loved the world

in pistils & stun-gunned the clean of hark

shall hark ever-lasting & sore

the pinks

shall inherit a petiole-tarsal garden
Crystal Curry

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