• Natalie Sakurai
    Showing until August 14 Second Saturday Reception August 8 6-9 PM
  • A COMMUNE EDITIONS Reading: Joshua Clover, Juliana Spahr, Jasper Bernes
    Sept. 28 at 7:30 PM at 1719 25th Street
  • Real Poets
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.
  • MATTHEW ZAPRUDER reads SCHWINN
  • Robert Hass reads at The Crocker Art Museum
    Sacramento Poetry Center was an organizer and sponsor of the Squaw Valley Benefit Reading

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Zia Torabi

with Tim Kahl reading in English

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM

1719 25th Street

Host: Tim Kahl

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Ziaeddin (Zia) Torabi is one of Iran’s most well known poets and is the winner of the 2010 Iran Annual Book Prize, the nation’s top honor for writing, for his poetry collection Face to Face with Dreams. In this collection (translated by Parisa Samadi) he employs blank verse (whereas he previously employed free verse) to pursue themes of the human and the social. He treats the historical and mythological in ways that reflect his personal concerns, and he does this by employing a deeply human surrealism. Torabi has published more than thirty volumes, including ten full-length books of poetry like Anxiety Beyond the Glass Walls, Thirsty ThroatBlue Eternity, From the Names Engraved in Stone, and From the Scars of Eyes and Mirrors. He has published other volumes in different areas, including volumes of reviews, and translation. His books of criticism include A Different Nima [Nima Yooshij], A Different Forough [Forough Farrokhzad], A Different Sohrab [Sohrab Sepehri] and About Poetry. Born in 1944 in Zanjan, Iran, Torabi went on to earn a BA in English Language and Literature from Isfahan University and an MA in Linguistics from Tehran University. He was the head of the Tehran Municipal Literary Center and taught literature at the Tehran University of Science and Technology for a decade. He currently lives in the Sacramento, CA area.

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It is the fault of these horses that gallop in the darkness of winter

and disturb the sleep of madmen

who, when they wake, rattle their chains

shake the city

and disturb the calmness of my dreams

It is the fault of these wolves that chase the horses

and scare them, making them gallop in the darkness of winter

and disturb the sleep of madmen

who, when they wake, rattle their chains

shake the city

and disturb the calmness of my dreams

No, no, no

It is not the fault of wolves, the fault of horses, not he fault of

        madmen

It is my fault as I have drawn the curtain straight from the top to the

        bottom on the summer noon and have slept

to summon the calmness of my dreams

And the earthquake is in my dreams

which happens

like this moment

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James Lee Jobe and Stuart Canton

August 14, 2015

James Lee Jobe and Stuart Canton Monday, August 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM Fremont Park, between 15th and 16th and P and Q Host: Bethanie Humphreys James Lee Jobe has been published in Manzanita, Tule Review, Pearl, and many other periodicals. His online publications include Convergence, Knot Magazine, Poetry 24, Poetry Superhighway, and The Original […]

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William O’Daly

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Susan Flynn and James Cooper

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  About Fireflies  by Susan Flynn    Thinking of you this sultry summer night, I see fireflies. When I was six, I  darted from my   Midwestern front porch to capture them in a mason jar, poking holes in the tin lid with my father’s can opener. I didn’t understand they might be dead by morning. […]

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Phil Ryder in Christ’s Lily

July 24, 2015

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Ike Torres and the Sacramento Slam Team

July 16, 2015

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Unbarred Words Poems of Folsom Prison Inmates

July 10, 2015

Unbarred Words Poems of Folsom Prison Inmates  read by JoAnn Anglin, Traci Gourdine, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Sandi Wasserman and others Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Emmanuel Sigauke

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Albert Garcia and Jeff Knorr

July 3, 2015

  Albert Garcia Raspberries He plops them in the green mesh basket, knowing they are through feeding each other, knowing he can pull until the vine rips but only ripe berries will give with a gentle tug releasing themselves to the faint pressure of his skin.   Picking in morning-cool sun, he thinks of placing […]

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Poeming Pigeons Book Launch Celebration, an Anthology of Bird Poems, ed. Shawn Aveningo

June 27, 2015
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Stella Beratlis, Lisa Erin Robertson, and Helen Wickes

June 19, 2015

Stella Beratlis, Lisa Erin Robertson and Helen Wickes Monday, June 22 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Stella Beratlis is an Instructor of English at Modesto Junior College. She co-edited an anthology of Modesto poets titled More than Soil, More than Sky, on Quercus Review Press, and her poems have appeared in Penumbra, hardpan, […]

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