Word Orgy

Paul Corman-Roberts is known to many as Zeus of Oakland. This is in large part due to the epic, often mytho-metaphysical aspects of his poetry, which he usually recites in a singular style developed over the past two plus decades of associating with the Babarians, the folks at New College, and all of the assorted poets and the scenes they make as they drift through the Bay Area. In a recent interview at Lake Merritt, he described his writing as “kind of third wave Beat style, using the heavy Us and the heavy We, I guess – that's the voice that I come from. But it's all dramatic voice, you know, it's always more than one voice, it's voices in different characters.” Watching Corman-Roberts perform, you might guess that he has a theater background… but as a poet who somehow ended up in theater (in other words: he puts his training to spectacular use on that thar poetry mound). The official release for his fourth collection, Notes from An Orgy, will feature readings by Missy Church, Cassandra Dallett, Hollie Hardy, Alexandra Naughton, SB Stokes, Zarina Zabrisky, and Simon Rogghe.

Wed., July 2, 7 p.m., 2014

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