Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Teeth of the Dead: Walt Curtis

Here is a video of Walt Curtis, Portland poet, author of Mala Noche reading one of his poems.

Walt and Aimee and Dusty and I drove out to Sauvie Island in early February. It was a cold, misty,dark sky day and absolutely beautiful. The farmers' freshly plowed dark fields, the ancient bare oak trees everywhere, ships passing by in the mist, geese in great flocks, old barns covered with moss. We drove in Walt's old car down empty country roads for hours. We talked, Walt told stories. A good day.


  1. Thank you. I love the video, from the off-topic pan of the backseat, the swirl of the trees around Curtis after reading, and of course Curtis' reading itself. I like his reading style ~ passionate and physical, not poesy or precious. I think by allowing it to be loose, not formal (no stiff cardboard reading, no careful script) you give us a clearer understanding of Curtis and your (I'm certain) unusual tour of Sauvies Island.

    A question: at the start of the .mov Curtis says "Great voice, yes?" about the music playing on a car cassette (as the camera beautifully pans the sleepy friends in the back seat.) Who is this singing? It is a great voice.

  2. Thanks for the nice comment. I don't know who was singing. The song was playing on Walt's radio as we drove down the road.