Dan Raphael, Manything
We are pleased to welcome Portland poet Dan Raphael to read from his new books of poems, Manything, published by Unlikely Books. Raphael is a master of verse and performance, and this post-Beat tome contains sixty-five of his wild, vivid trips-in-verse.
Raphael was born in Pittsburgh and attended Cornell University, Bowling Green State University, and Western Washington University. Since the 1970s, he has lived in the Northwest, working and sharing the fruits of his labor as a poet, literary activist, performer, editor, and reading host. He retired from the Oregon DMV after thirty-three years and lives in Portland with his wife Melba and more than 400 plant varieties. Most Wednesdays he writes and records a “current events poem” for the KBOO evening news. Raphael has published more than twenty poetry collections, most recently This Movies Gets Paid and The Closer You Get to Nowhere, both published by Last Word Press.
Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen says this about Raphael:
“Dan Raphael’s poems—true children of the oral tradition—clamor to be heard. Read them aloud to yourself and the neighbors. Better yet, go to one of Raphael’s public readings: hear him chant and rabble-rouse as he catapults his lines into the air. Wildly political, shamanistically apolitical … this is a bard who writes poems that are ‘teeth biting through wire with persistent questions.’”