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:: This Week's Word on the Street ::  


“Cosmic word-scientist and quantum-inventor Samiya Bashir boldly experiments with tradition. In Field Theories, she adventures where few have gone before. I’m struck with bedazzlement at Bashir’s raw precision, how she hotwires the auto of our tongue. Take this ride, reader. Or, in Bashir’s words, “Let’s / emit this fit of heat / before we burn. / Or let’s burn.”


Ordinarily, find FIELD THEORIES - six -  in this week's Field Note. The newest, and last(!), shortshort had a sweet and successful debut last week at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference during a launch event with Belladonna* and Nightboat Books. Click through the image above to see some fun images from #AWP17 and read on to see why it was worth experiencing FIELD THEORIES - four - once more. Stay tuned for the next next Field Note to see the last piece of the FIELD THEORIES film puzzle before the full video debuts in New York City this March!

With only two weeks left until the official Field Theories publication date, these poems continue to make their way through the living world. Thank you to the Academy of American Poets for catapulting "At Harlem Hospital across the street from the Schomburg the only thing to eat is a Big Mac" into inboxes, internets, and intentional thought right on the heels of our conversations about the place and price of "love"...a love note to us. Click the image or read it here.

:: About The Poem ::

“Here we are full-circle returned. I was researching in New York when Zachary Schomburg’s poem ‘The Carousel’ buzzed into my inbox. Schomburg is my neighbor, the first poet with whom I read after relocating to Portland, and I couldn’t escape the remix of that language into my own very different experience—in this Black body, in this particular moment—of the first person, of plurality, of the ‘We’ and its necessity for survival. I can hear the record scratch at the first line as it sings a shared American experience: while two poets may live in the same space, negotiate the same language—the same names even—the paths our bodies and minds must take diverge long before the day’s first breath.”

FIELD THEORIES - four - is a remix of "At Harlem Hospital across the street from the Schomburg the only thing to eat is a Big Mac" into sound and movement and light. Experience them together!

- four -

"We are everybody we love. We are inside them."
|| movement by keyon gaskin + filmed with Roland Dahwen Wu & Patua Films ||

...and we will die too :: we know that much...

Publication date: March 1st, 2017

Nightboat Books
Paper $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-937658-63-2
6.25 x 8 in 128 pages Poetry
Publicity contact:
Stephen Motika


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?

Responsibility and Relevance: The Role of the Artist in an Ever-Changing Contemporary World

Sunday, February 26, 2017
3:00pm  5:00pm
Lewis & Clark College 

Panel Discussion:  "Responsibility and Relevance: The Role of the Artist in an Ever-Changing Contemporary World”


Randy Gragg, director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies, University of Oregon


Samiya Bashir, poet and assistant professor of creative writing, Reed College
Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music and director of musicology, Lewis & Clark College
Jon Raymond, novelist and screenwriter
Tad Savinar, artist
Luan Schooler, director of new play development and dramaturgy, Artists Repertory Theatre

As part of the upcoming exhibit, youniverse—past, present, future, Selected Works by Tad Savinar.

Samiya Bashir
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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