by Andrew Crisp
Portland, Ore., poet Zachary Schomburg—responsible for The Man Suit, Scary, No Scary and the recently released Fjords, Vol. 1 out on Black Ocean—brings surrealism to the written word. His delightfully dark work has been reviewed by Publisher's Weekly and the Huffington Post, and both penned glowing critiques.
In the poem "Building of Unseen Cats," Schomburg describes escaping his burning apartment building in the middle of the night:
Outside, the air was filled with hair.
Everyone but me was holding a plastic cage
with a cat in it. We weren’t supposed to have
cats in my building, but there they all were,
an invisible nation suddenly uncurtained into
a blinding and brutal world. Everyone looked
at me with a face that said let’s never speak of
this. Let’s not look directly at what is meant
to be loved in secret.
Schomburg's poetry was also featured on the most recent album from Portland, Ore.'s Typhoon, A New Kind of House.
On Saturday, May 5, Schomburg will read alongside local poetry band The True Wheel, which features Built to Spill's Doug Martsch and his wife Karena Youtz. On Sunday, May 6, Schomburg's reading will be followed by poetry and film exhibitions from A. Minetta Gould and John Shinn.