In the Stacks with Éireann Lorsung: Vespers: 3 - 7 p.m., 24-7-14, pt. II
…from the Greek ἑσπέρα/hespera and the Latin vesper, meaning ‘evening’.
Three p.m. isn’t really evening, but seven is—when I leave it truly will be evening in this city, city of my childhood and young adulthood, city of blinds pulled against the heat in west-facing windows, city of bedtimes while it’s light outside, city of asphalt that smells like ozone, city of tar shingles burning my feet. City of apple trees, sunflowers, Russian sage, day lilies, tomato plants; city of nasturtiums and rain gardens and river rocks; city of the river itself, northernmost city of this river. When evening comes over Minneapolis, the white Metro Transit buses shine in the low sun, and tonight the clouds that have hung over us all day lift a little in the west and send those rays straight down Lake Street from the bodies of water at one end to the flat high river at the other. And the shadows of bicyclists stretch out on 39th Avenue and the light hits the unlit taillights of cars and makes them glow. And I will go out into the early evening in this city, free on my bicycle, with the warm hands of the photographer and the sharp eyes of the reporter, with the softness of the barista and the welcome of the barista, with the ambient conversation in this place (the teenage girls with many braids, the woman with a baby, the man who walked in and out and in and out, the men playing a game with dice) all around me, like the slightly humid air.
Éireann Lorsung is currently a writer-in-residence at the Little Poetry Library on East Lake Street in Minnneapolis. She’ll be using the materials and the environment surrounding the LPL to create a Book of Hours. If you’d like to contribute a poem or see her in action, visit her at Blue Moon Coffee Café on one of these days/times.
Sunday, July 27 [none: 1 - 5 p.m.]
Tuesday, July 29 [sext: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.]
Thursday, July 31 [terce: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.]
Friday, Aug. 1 [lauds/matins: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.]
Join us for a reading and presentation on August 4th at 7pm above Blue Moon. Visit our Facebook event page for more details.