Traffic Street Press Announces Publication of Bargehands’ Dance by KEVIN O’ROURKE


Traffic Street Press announces the publication of Bargehands’ Dance by poet and Workshop member KEVIN O’ROURKE. The fine, deluxe edition includes photographs by Paulette Myers-Rich, winner of the Minnesota Book Award and long time associate of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Edition is limited to 50 copies at $50 pre-publication price; $65 after 9/10/2015. For purchase please contact Paulette Myers-Rich at
Presentation and reading (reservations required):
Date: September 10, 2015
Time: Contact
Place: Traffic Street Press Studio
436 Smith Av N, St Paul MN 55102

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“The river is a force, a power, a lure over the human animals that reside nearby. It draws you in. If you’re respectful and humble it will help you live and tell you its secrets. If you are a fool and cocky- it will kill you. This is certain. The men and women who work upon its waters know this and this book is in honor of them, and an homage to the River, its dwellers, lovers, dreamers and those who have learned its secrets.”

Below is author bio furnished by Traffic Street Press:
T.K. O’Rourke is a long-time Minneapolis resident and well known, well-respected street poet of mixed origins and traditions. He has supported himself as a laborer, barge worker, wharf night-watchman, self employed carpenter, stone mason, bootmaker, dishwasher, cook, cowboy, arborist and big-rig over-the road driver. He is the grandson of Harlem Renaissance poet Gwendolyn Bennett and has studied with the Chicago poets Joffre Stewart and David Hernandez.

T. K. O’Rourke began to recite his street poems at age 16 in Chicago. At age 21 he recited at the Temple of Zeus at Cornell University. TKO has been involved and connected to various alt-poetry venues and poets for decades. He both is a recipient and a finalist of the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition and was also crowned “River King” for winning a storytelling slam sponsored by REVOLVER in 2013. In other words- a poet in both art and life, with the experience to give truth to the telling. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Outermost Poetry Award judged by Marge Piercy, the John Keats Soul Maker Sonnet award, and the KVP Jack Kerouac award.

O’Rourke’s work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Spectrum (Scotland), Flatmancrooked, Anthology of Contemporary Poetics, Cartier Street Review, Lief, Blue Collar Review and many others. TKO’s fourteen volumes of handmade tattered chapbooks of street poetry are a part of the Givens Rare Book Collection at the Anderson Library of the University of Minnesota.