From last night’s reading with Joshua Beckman at Division Leap. Beckman spent the day at DL, pouring through old little magazines, zines, chapbooks and broadsides. In the evening, Beckman and I took turns reading selections found during the day, including the complete text of Transit Glory by Edward Alexander, as well as texts by d. a. levy, Robert Lax, Charles Reznikoff, Lorine Niedecker, E. Lagomarsino, Richard Winslow’s lectures on John Cage from an issue of Clark Coolidge’s little magazine Joglars, and others, followed by Josh reading his own work as the sky darkened and bats flew behind him up and down the alley.
At nine o’clock the St. Johns bridge was closed to automobiles as workers tightened the suspension wires. We closed shop and walked out the alley into a silent world devoid of through traffic, with the parking lot and surrounding buildings illuminated only by sodium lights and a passing tugboat. Thanks to Joshua, the great people who came out to the reading, St. Johns and the Oregon Department of Transportation - may the bridge stay closed to cars forever!