2.04.2009

LMU EXTENSION SPRING POETRY SERIES

http://extension.lmu.edu (310) 338-1971
for more information and directions

FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Features + limited open - sign-up at 7:45
University Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 1859

BEN TRIGG
&
GEDDA ILVES

Hosted by Peggy Dobreer

Ben Trigg is the co-host of Two Idiots Peddling Poetry at the Ugly Mug Caffé in Orange. As a host, he works to remind people that poetry is often fun, sometimes silly. When not at the Ugly Mug, Ben uses his BA in drama to work in educational research. He performs throughout California, parts of the Northeastern U.S., and in Texas with the Austin International Poetry Festival. His first full length collection Kindness from a Dark God came out on Moon Tide Press in 2007, and he is included in So Luminous The Wildflowers and Blue Arc West anthologies. Ben was one of the organizers of the first Orange County Poetry Festival in 2002, as well as subsequent festivals.


“He revealed in you a holiness
only his eyes could comprehend.
“Eyes to drown in,” you said,
leading to a place of understanding
where breath was currency.
Eyes so deep you grew gills,
left behind those of us who couldn’t swim.” -Ben Trigg, excerpt from Wet


Gedda Ilves was born in Harbin, North China, of Russian descent. She lived in Shanghai during WWII and then imigrated with her late husband via Brazil to Los Angeles in January 1951. She published her first book of poems Grains of Life in 2005. Her work has appeared in Poetic Voices, The Rag, Gentle Strength Quarterly, and two anthologies. Her second book of poems, A View From Within, was published in Spring 2008.


“he plunges into the blue water,
it burns, his tongue
sticks to his mouth

salty ocean waves
sweep over him

he struggles to get up, it’s dusk
visible on the bare floor
remnants of a spilled
white powder.” -Gedda Ilves, excerpt from Solipsism





Peggy DoBreer

Peggy Dobreer | Community Relations Coordinator | LMU Extension | Loyola Marymount University
University Hall | One LMU Drive, Suite 1840 | Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
T: 310.338.1971 | F: 310.338.2706

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