Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW Second St., Corvallis, presents “Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets,” featuring readings by poets Clemens Starck, Erik Muller, Barbara Drake and Paulann Petersen Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

“Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets” contains essays by Muller in which he explores the work of six Oregon poets. 

The evening will feature readings by four of the “Durable Goods” poets:

Starck is a poet and carpenter, who lives in the foothills of the coast range outside of Dallas. He’s authored six books of poetry, including the award-winning “Journeyman’s Wages” (1995) and 2016’s “Old Dogs, New Tricks.”

Muller has practiced poetry since the late 1950s. With more than 100 poems in journals and newspapers, he has self-published around a dozen collections, the most recent being “It Goes Without Saying” and River Course/Sappho in Ohio.” 

Drake is a Linfield College professor emeritus, who lives on a small farm in Yamhill County, a landscape that inspired her two OSU Press essay collections, “Peace at Heart” and “Morning Light.” Her most recent poetry book is “Driving One Hundred,” from Windfall Press.

Petersen, an Oregon poet laureate emerita, has six books of poetry, most recently “Understory,” from Lost Horse Press. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose one of poems as the lyric for a new choral composition that’s now part of the repertoire of the choir at Trinity College Cambridge.

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