Long-time local Poetry press The Silverfish Review Press, and publisher Rodger Moody, celebrate the release of “Winter Garden” by Robert Hunter Jones and the release of the Second Edition of “Studying Russian on Campany Time” by Clemens Starck.
Robert Hunter Jones spent three years as a logger in the Oregon Coast Range and two years working the swing shift in a sawmill before returning to college to study literature and writing. Since 1990 he has taught Literature and Theory of Knowledge at American International School of Vienna, in Vienna, Austria, where he lives with his wife and two children.
"Winter Garden is a whole world made out of beautiful lyric narratives, a wonder and care for nature, and the deep songs of memory. In this book Mr. Jones gives us a path to both get lost and find our way. These poems are a kind of guide through not just the poet's life but our own." -- Matthew Dickman
Clemens Starck, a 1998 Witter Bynner Fellow at Willamette University, received both the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award and the Oregon Book Award in Poetry for his collection, Journeyman’s Wages (Story Line Press, 1995). For thirty-five years, Starck has earned his living as a journeyman carpenter. He lives in rural Oregon. Silverfish Review Press released the Second Edition of Studying Russian on Company Time earlier this year. In this unusual book, Oregon poet and carpenter Clemens Starck recounts in verse and in prose his involvement with Russia and the Russian language. “What began as a joke,” writes Starck in the prologue, “soon turned into an obsession.” Poems written during and around his two trips to Russia in the 1990s alternate with brief prose commentaries providing the background and context from which the poems arose. An Open Mic will open the event and again at mid point after the break. Jones and Starck will both read twice for about 15 minutes each time.
Light refreshments. Books for sale and signing.