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QR Hand

A Tribute to Q. R. Hand
Bird & Beckett Poetry Series On Zoom
Monday, January 11 – 7pm

Q. R. Hand was a hip & humble & towering figure among San Francisco poets for decades,
since his arrival from Brooklyn in 1970.

We’ve just lost him at age 83.

San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck hosts a reading in tribute to Q. R.
featuring a number of poets who knew him well.

Poet QR Hand


from Numberless Are the Sands on the Seashore

us folk are the peoples who look towards the sea
vision and memory past perfect futures are
strewn about our musics like sea weeds on the shore
our eyes hearts afire dancing on

limbs aghast and bedazzled caressing these sands
hand clapping spirits our souls are numberless
like bands of the spectra our hues are numberless





There will not be the usual open mic component tonight,
so that we can better focus our thoughts on a poet who meant so much to us in life.

Read about Q. R. here: Beloved-Bay-Area-Black-poet-who-blended-verse-and-jazz-sfgate

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Meeting ID: 983 5797 3119
Passcode: 030376

If you have trouble joining the  meeting, please email [email protected]

Brett sez: “We’re back with our first installment of the Bird and Beckett online open mic for 2021! That said, we recently lost a great poet within our Bay Area collective scene: the powerful and observant Q.R. Hand. Thus, our show will be dedicated to him, his work and memory.”

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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