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I am reading Zachary Schomburg's "Scary, No Scary." According to his blog, He will be in Chciago on Apr. 29, 2010, Thursday. Columbia Poetry Review Reading and Release Party. Chicago, IL.


Columbia Poetry Review no. 23 Release Party & Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 29, 5:30 p.m.
Ferguson Hall
600 South Michigan, 1st Floor

And one of my favorite poems from "Scary, No Scary."


When I cupped my hand a broken hummingbird fell into it.
Its eyes had been pecked out, its beak was missing, and I could
see its heart beating through its torn chest. The heart began
to fall out, so I put my finger there to hold its heart in. It felt
more like a vibration than a heartbeat, like a moth's wing. It
felt good on my finger. Then another broken hummingbird
fell, but into the pond. It made a few ripples and then floated
there on its side, left leg twitching, beak frozen open, stiff little
creature with one wing straight up. A little paper sail boat.
The clouds were not shaped like clouds. A tree was blooming
with broken hummingbirds instead of leaves. Instead of a sun,

a slow explosion. The hummingbird heart on my finger felt
bottomless. The day almost smelled like spring.

P.S. Will you come, Charmi? If I go to the reading, can I get his signature on your book?

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