When: Tue., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. 2011
Poetry … dark morning sky/everything sort of holds its breath/& I make do with whatever's handy/coffee cup, cigarette,/pencils gnawed down to the graphite/the arc of what I guess is your lips, swearing/in birdsong esperanto. Gritty but abstract and often beachy, the poems in Kevin Opstedal's California Redemption Value reflect his blue-collar upbringing in the rough oceanside environs of Venice Beach. The GAS magazine editor appears with writer and illustrator Donald Guravich on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Moe's Books (2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley). 7:30 p.m., free. 510-849-2087 or MoesBooks.com.