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Pop-up: Armin Tolentino

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 11:15 am - 11:30 am PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Armin Tolentino pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his poetry collection, We Meant to Bring it Home Alive

Tolentino is paired with the artwork Storage Jar with Design of Two Dragons Chasing Flaming Pearls by Unknown Artist; found in the Korean Art Gallery, on the 1st floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


From astronauts drifting lost through space to whalers hauling dragon weight through dark waters to fossil hunters of the 19th-century Bone Wars, the voices within this poetry collection all seek one uniting thing: connection. The epic sweep of Moby Dick meets Space Age exploration inside the lyrics of Bowie songs on the cusp of an apocalypse, all within the forgotten dreams of a fisherman or a whaler or a devil-dodger or a lizard man. Exploring distance, forgiveness, disconnection, and regret, the speakers—regardless of their fantastical or absurd situations—are simply people severed from their loved ones, their gods, their faith, or what they once believed was true about the world. They confront their doubts by flinging letters out into the darkness, relying on answers that never come. Feeble efforts. Messages in bottles. Prayers and apologies. But still each is hoping someone, something is listening across the expanse.

Armin Tolentino

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press, 2019). He earned his MFA at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Common KnowledgeArsenic Lobster, Hyphen Magazine, and The Raven Chronicles.  He is a former Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient and works for Multnomah County managing education and anti-poverty initiatives. He is a phenomenal clapper, a passable ukulele player, and a bumbling, but enthusiastic, fisherman.
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