biermanSecond Sunday Poetry will feature Larry Bierman reading from old and new works at 2:00 PM in The Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, Norman.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Larry, a third generation Oklahoman, grew up in Oklahoma City.  He started writing poetry as a student at Taft Junior High in 1958.  His earliest influences, he says, include church hymns, Mother Goose and the Beat poets.  “I knew about the Beat poets when I was 12” Bierman says. Before graduating from NW Classen High School in 1964, Larry was already a subscriber to the Village Voice, absorbing the New York City poetry and art scene from afar.  

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and long-time resident of Norman, Bierman writes imaginative lyric, sometimes with a sarcastic edge.  He says his poetic goal has always been to make his audience feel more aware, to be more alive. 

Bierman has published four collections of poetry, and has been part of the poetry scene in central Oklahoma for almost four decades. He was an original participant in the Oklahoma Poets-in-the Schools program where he edited four anthologies of student poetry.  He was a founding member of Individual Artists of Oklahoma.  His work was most recently published in Oklahoma Poems and Their Poets.

Last fall Larry was a featured poet in the Everett Family Poetry Series at the University of Oklahoma and was a guest speaker at the Norman Galaxy of Writers.

A selection of his poetry is available on line.

Brain Roots

Thank you for this chance at being.  We have very
different ways of doing it.  What results is between

zany and difficult.  Feel okay to refigure the story
of consciousness.  Is there no content to meaning?

Media mechanics tinker our thinker.  Smart parts
haunt the heart, argue the future, disturb theory.

The narrator expects us to trust her.  “Propaganda
is for the others.”  They are chance less, zombies

fed on fat and flattery.  The implications reach
beyond law---far as self-image---over edges

of context.  A human reader might participate in 
this project.  Objects maintain their old sincerity. 

                                        Larry Bierman
                                        from A Cardboard Door

Second Sunday Poetry, co-hosted by Carl Sennhenn and Robert Ferrier, is a program of the Depot (formerly the Performing Arts Studio.)   Enjoy “This is Our Oklahoma Land,” the photographs of Kim Baker, in the Depot Gallery while attending the poetry reading.

For additional information on Depot programs, phone 405 307-9320.