It’s called “SubText” – an apt name given its subterranean location. The bookstore hosts readings by local and regional authors pretty much every Wednesday evening. This Wednesday night will feature readings by four poets: Katrina Vandenberg, John Medeiros, Sierra DeMulder and Kris Bigalk.
Bigalk is the Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, was released from New York Quarterly Books in February 2012.
Empty places scare you, those long-grass
quiet meadowlands of childhood, walking for miles
with only birds for company. You imagined everyone
you knew had slipped away, floated off to ride
clouds, sunk underground to spelunk the caverns, turned
into trees waving on the horizon. Being missed
is important, being that thought
on someone’s mind that hangs on like a cockle-
burr, impossible to fully remove, always
some little fuzz or claw to remind,
frustrate, accept, or reject. But
you’d rather be a hunger, a craving,
like good dark chocolate or heavy
Swedish coffee, the kind you need before
ten o’clock each morning, or else a headache
will haunt you the rest of the day – yes, you
want to be the remedy before the symptom,
the warm blanket at the foot
of the bed, the reflection
of all who love you, perfect
versions of themselves
shining in your eyes.