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  • Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast: Poems by Quinton Hallett, reviewed by Alan Contreras

    Uttered Chaos, 2015, 74 pages, $10


    ISBN 978-0988936645


    Available via Amazon


    Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast is one of the most complex and carefully layered collections of poetry that most of us will ever read. I wondered, when I saw the title, whether this was a feminist restatement of Woody Allen being chased over the cinematic hills by a forty-foot mega-mammary. Hallett has a spiky sense of humor (in previous collections she asked Joan of Arc “what’s at stake” and had scientist Rosalind Franklin refer to DNA Nobelists Crick and Watson as “that base pair”), but I could not see her devoting poetic energy to such a project.


    I then speculated whether Hallett, a noted gold-panner of human subtlety, had found some connection with physicist Erwin Schrödinger, whose hypothetical Cat that can be assumed simultaneously dead and alive has become well-known. Yes, it’s that Mrs. S., one ... Read all of this item.

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  • An Interview with Carl Adamshick, Publisher of Tavern Books

    January 26, 2018

    “A man said no person is educated who knows/only one language, for he cannot distinguish/between his thought and the English version,” Jack Gilbert wrote in “Foraging for Wood on the Mountain.”  But it is nearly inescapable for Americans to be monolingual, as our country is isolated by two oceans from most other languages.  If we are not lucky enough to be bilingual, the next best recourse for us as poets is to read poetry in translation.  A small press like Tavern Books is a wonderful resource for poetry hidden by distance and language that we do not know, poetry worth reading in editions worth keeping.  Poetry from other cultures widens our horizons and deepens our understanding of the human condition.

    The mission statement on the Tavern Books web site says, “Tavern Books is a 503(c)(3) not-for-profit poetry publisher based in Portland, Oregon.  We exist to print, promote, and preserve works of ... Read all of this item.

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