Notes on Return

The scrolling text presented at this link was originally typed margin-to-margin on both sides of an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper, photocopied, and placed on the folding chairs at a 11/15/1987 poetry reading I gave at Canessa Park Gallery in San Francisco. For a scanned image of the original typescript, click here. My reading was based on my own copy of the same paper, then, that the audience members all had access to at their seats. I tape recorded the result, which is heard complete on the audio channel of this link.

The prepared text and a transcript of the spoken reading were both broken into small lines and presented in juxtaposed columns (flush left and flush right, respectively) as a poem called "Back" in the book Reverse Order (1989, Potes and Poets Press).

Steve Benson