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A Matter of Time

November 5th, 6pm

Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie

Free admission, donations gratefully accepted

Elizabeth Raby will be reading from A Matter of Time, her fifth full-length poetry collection,

published by Virtual Artists Collective or its off-shoot, Purple Flag.  Once again, gently and joyfully, she reminds us that “just before we die” is the space in which human’s dwell.  “But look what we have right here: babies, birds, Bach, oceans, air—/you’d think we’d take better

care.”  She ends as she begins, gently jostling “the debris of the human heart,” scrubbing the soft pump “with kindly fingers,” reaching outward, inviting us to sing along, just before we die.


Raby will be joined by poet Mary McGinnis and poet/visual artist Steven Schroeder. Mary will read from See with Your Whole Body, her recent collection of tight, wild, unexpected, grateful, angry, heart-wrenching and beautiful poems. Steve’s painting will be on exhibit for this one night only, and he will read from his most recent collection, the moon not the finger, pointing, published by Lamar University Press.


Elizabeth, Mary, and Steve are all part of Virtual Artists Collective, a “virtual” gathering

of musicians, poets and visual artists that has been publishing poetry and nurturing

collaboration among artists since 2004.  For more on the collective, the poets, and

the books, visit