Beverly Dahlen and Laura Paulini

Beverly Dahlen is from Portland but has lived in the Bay Area for many years. Her first book, Out of the Third, was published by Momo’s Press in 1974. Two chapbooks, A Letter at Easter (Effie’s Press, 1976) and The Egyptian Poems (Hipparchia Press, 1983) were followed by the publication of the first volume of A Reading in 1985 (A Reading 1-7, Momo’s Press). Since then, three more volumes of A Reading have appeared. Chax Press published A Reading 8-10 (1992); Potes and Poets Press: A Reading 11-17 (1989); Instance Press: A Reading 18-20 (2006). Chax Press also published the chapbook A-reading Spicer & Eighteen Sonnets in 2004. Ms. Dahlen has also published work in numerous periodicals and anthologies. Her essay “Beauty: Another Reading” recently appeared in Crayon 5.

Beverly Dahlen on the Web.

Laura Paulini works with the timeless medium of egg tempera to produce dot paintings that Cate McQuaid of The Boston Globe described as “moth eaten rainbow quadrants.” She received her B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and her M.F.A. from Mills College. She works out of her studio in Oakland and is represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. She is currently a Fellowship Artist at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley.

Laura Paulini on the Web.

Poem & Picture: Beverly Dahlen and Laura Paulini


Laura Paulini, <em>Heaven</em>, 2008, 16 x 16 in., egg tempera on panel. Collection of Bruce Cree, San Francisco, California.

Thoughtless as shadow
The ground of shadow
One wouldn't would
One want

All one wants
And then what
The light across the lake
And the eye creates space
The distance
Which is not

Not only
That but
All one


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