Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Simon, Ruoff, & Jet Black Pearl: 2/21 @ IPRC

San Francisco poet Aaron Simon comes to read for the Switch alongside local poet Lindsay Ruoff, with a very special musical performance by Jet Black Pearl. . .

When: Sunday, February 21, doors 7 pm, reading at 7:30 sharp. FREE  

Where: IPRC, 1001, SE Division, PDX

Aaron Simon is the author of Carrier (Insurance Editions, 2006), Periodical Days (Green Zone Editions, 2007), Senses Himself (Green Zone Editions, 2014), and Rain Check Poems (BlazeVOX [books], 2015). His poems have appeared in several publications, including Like Musical Instruments: 83 Contemporary American Poets (Broadstone Books, 2014), Shiny, Exquisite Corpse, Sal Mimeo, Across the Margin, Nowhere, and Harriet the Blog. He studied poetry and philosophy at The New School in NYC, and has lived between San Francisco and Brooklyn since 1999.

Lindsay Allison Ruoff lives in Portland, OR where she works at an elementary school. She is the author and creator of the ebook MOOD RING and the very small chapbook MIRACLE ROMANCE. You can see more of what she's made at:

Jet Black Pearl - This world wild accordion diva from the port of Amsterdam started as a graphic designer and street musician in New York before she moved to France, from where she performed on more than a thousand stages all over Europe. She recently moved to Portland, ready to experience new adventures with (or without) her accordion.

"The most eccentric and equally the most talented woman you will see in Edinburgh this month." 
- Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe Festival


A traffic camera flashed
between Dallas-Forth Worth
and the dead moon in a jar            
with the perils of youth

Motion itself
a kind of due process
as the feeling of flight risk
conspires with air

Night falls hard on the plains
erasing the lakes
where the new summer opens
its synoptical lens
by Aaron Simon


I wanted to intensify my ability
to totally inhabit the body
to do it to death
I wanted to be or do
at least one thing forever
but I’ve misplaced my credentials
when we move to enunciate violence
only the curvatures of error are visible
embarrassingly autocorrects everything into

by Lindsay Ruoff


 Jet Black Pearl live in La Vista Theater 
in Montpellier, with Mic Lee (beat box) 
& Laurent Monju (sousaphone), 2014.