Join the Talking Gourds Poetry Club for poetry across the street from the library at the Telluride Arts HQ, 135 W Pacific Ave.

For the last poetry tour until the fall, the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds program is hosting Fruita-based Lithic Press publisher and poet Danny Rosen, and at the same time honoring legendary poet Jack Mueller of Log Hill Village for National Poetry Month.

Mueller, who moved to the Western Slope from San Francisco where he was a fixture in the North Beach poetry scene, was originally scheduled to perform, but has taken sick and will be unable to appear. But Rosen and fellow poets will be honoring him, nevertheless.

“A geologist and amateur astronomer, Danny brings the entire galaxy into his poems,” noted Talking Gourds co-director Art Goodtimes, “and makes us experience time on the million-year scales of the earth itself. He is a very dynamic performer.”

Rosen founded and runs the Lithic Press out of a bookstore/gallery in downtown Fruita. His chapbooks include That Curve (Western Sky Press, 2006), Ghosts of Giant Kudu (Kattywompus Press, 2013) and his most recent, Primate Poems (Lithic Press, 2016). His poems have appeared most recently in Pilgrimage, San Pedro River Review, Comstock Review, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review and elsewhere.

He thinks a lot about Punctuated Equilibrium, an addendum to Darwinian evolution, in which most change occurs in quick brief fits. In the flourishing moment of the current punctuation, he lives among dogs in the desert of western Colorado.

The monthly show begins at the Telluride Arts Gallery at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25; moves to La Zona Colona Coffeehouse in Ouray County at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26; appears at Wisehart Springs Inn near Paonia beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27; and has its grand finale in Fruita, April 28, in the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery at 7 p.m.

The April theme is Lost.

Talkign Gourds is a monthly event in partnership with The Telluride Institute, Inc.