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Oct. 13, 2003

Byrum Will Read Poetry At Museum Of Art Oct. 23

Marguerite Byrum, a second-year poetry student at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read and sing selected poems and songs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).

The poems Byrum will read may include "The Golden Mean," "Pythagorus Encounters a Beanfield" and "And This Guy's a Pure Transmitter." The last of these will be read with an accordion performance.

Songs that Byrum plans to sing may include Johnny Cash's "Bull Rider," "Prisoners' Work Song" and "Seven Daffodils." Additional pieces that follow her central theme will also be selected by Byrum to be included in the performance.

"My poems are generally about cosmology, astronomy, alchemy and the study of consciousness and the unconscious in language," Byrum said. "My songs are about all of the above, plus everyday human joy and sadness."

Byrum received her master's degree from John Hopkins University. Prior to attending the workshop, Byrum has lived in New York, Baltimore, in a tent alongside the Appalachian Trail, and in Weimar and Jena, Germany. An East-coaster at heart, she splits her time between Iowa City and Brooklyn, N. Y. She edits "Spur/Spore," an online journal of translation relays.

The UIMA, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,; Writer: Amy Fenneman