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“These poems resonate as code rising from caverns of the unexpected. When listening to their seeming irregularity one thinks of Dolphy’s work where seeming fracture exists as portal to luminosity.”

Poet | Field | Light

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s w i m o r s i n k :: s a m i y a b a s h i r
i n s t a l l a t i o n  @  h q  O b j e c t i v e

history is a hole :: physical education
this moment in history is a hole manifests as a temporary exhibit / performance space located inside of the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
it is temporary, only lasting 2 hours and features some of Portland's finest.

history is a hole has been and is a video installation - reading group - performance happening. it began with the passing of materials -generated in relation to the reading list - in video form- then passed along and transformed into more - then passed along thru space - it will be rendered within an architecture. within a storm. or the eye of it.

history is a hole
moves towards and away from
the action of language of image and the image of language through action
many hands creating and created by
one to the other, and other to the other
what comes from the passing of? the sharing of? the physicality of? within the architecture of? 
what do we? how do we-uphold? 
the body in a storm
recentering decentering
a database of { }

physical therapy :: keyon gaskin : Allie Hankins : Lu Yim : Takahiro Yamamoto

original videos :: sidony o'neal, Stacey Tran, Maggie Heath and Kalimah Abioto 

remixed videos :: Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, Sharita Towne

Eight weeks left. In truth, like your best airline experience, the book is making its way toward showing up early! You can pre-order yours using the link below, or come find me read it. The print below is a small material representation of the poem "Blackbody radiation," which is exclusive to the book. I'd love to show you what it does, and how it does it. Well, I suppose I will in eight weeks...or less?

Printed by Tracy Schlapp @ Cumbersome Multiples for collaborative poetry performance at Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

Publication date: March 1st 2017

Nightboat Books
Distributed by UPNE (
Paper $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-937658-63-2
6.25 x 8 in 128 pages Poetry
Publicity contact:
Stephen Motika at or 718-930-1062

These poems span lyric, narrative, dramatic, and multi-media experience, engaging their containers while pushing against their constraints
Field Theories wends its way through quantum mechanics, chicken wings, Newports, and love, melding blackbody theory (idealized perfect absorption vs. the whitebody’s idealized reflection) with live Black bodies. 

Woven through experimental lyrics is a heroic crown of sonnets that wonders about love, intent, identity, hybridity, and how we embody these interstices.

Albert Murray said, “the second law of thermodynamics ain’t nothin but the blues.” So what is the blue of how we treat each other, ourselves, and the world, of how the world treats us?
Portland Edition!

Sunday, January 15, 2017
6:00pm  8:00pm
Aladdin Theater 

On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Writers Resist events, large and small, will be held in dozens of locations throughout the US and the world.

Join me and "Dear Sugars" Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Zahir Janmohamed, Cooper Lee-Bombardier, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cari Luna, and more greatness at The Aladdin Theater, from 6pm - 8pm. 


Read the SF Chronicle's write-up about the international event here!
Photo Credit: Kenan Banks
Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories (Spring 2017), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist.

Sometimes she makes poems of dirt.

Sometimes zeros and ones.

Sometimes variously rendered text.

Sometimes light.

She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsessions with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at
Reed College.
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