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Pop-up: Stephen Lackaye

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 11:15 am - 11:30 am PST

Local poet, Stephen Lackaye, reads from his collection Self-Portrait in Dystopian Landscape.

Lackaye is paired with City Perspectives by Raymond Jonson; found in the American Art, floor 2, gallery 208. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.

In Self-Portrait in Dystopian Landscape, Stephen Lackaye explores post- industrial disquiet in the Rust Belt. The figures in his poems try to reckon a subtle menace that lingers just beyond sure sight. A man who knows he is being watched contemplates the life of his voyeur. A laborer returning home hears a trap clap shut on someone in the woods and wonders if he can save the victim—if there is indeed someone to save. A youth recollects his early education in hand-to-hand combat, unsure of what violence he was ever capable of. Lackaye anneals these stories in a bright lyrical fire. These poems prompt us to distinguish the darkness within from the darkness without, to recover from the ruinous landscape the outlines of one’s own self.

Stephen Lackaye

Stephen Lackaye has three degrees in poetry and a job in security. His debut collection of poems, Self-Portrait in Dystopian Landscape, won the 2015 Unicorn Press First Book Award and was a finalist for an Eric Hoffer Award. He has also been the recipient of a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Arts Council. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Stephen lives with his wife and daughters in Oregon.
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