Listen up…

Attention poetry lovers. If you’re in the Sacramento area Monday night, you’ll want to drop in on the Dobby Gibson and Matt Hart duo, who will be reading their poetry together at the Sacramento Poetry Center.

Caught the pair, along with Portland area poet, Van Wheeler, at Powell’s on Hawthorne in Portland on Sunday afternoon. Hart’s reading left me edge-of-my-seat breathless. (But his newest chapbook isn’t due out for another month or so, so I was SOL on that poetry snag — for the moment.) Gibson’s poetry was intense, but, to my ear, felt more reserved.

Catch it. If you can. Here’s the info link. Particulars follow.


If you’re going:

What: Poetry reading with Dobby Gibson and Matt Hart

When: 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 9

Where: Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St., Sacramento, CA

Tele: 916.979.9706


One Response

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