Sally Bliumis-Dunn, author of ECHOLOCATION and Chard deNiord, poet and author of I WOULD LIE TO YOU IF I COULD: INTERVIEWS WITH TEN AMERICAN POETS and editor of the anthology, ROADS TAKEN: CONTEMPORARY VERMONT POETRY
Sally Bliumis-Dunn, ECHOLOCATION: As a series, the poems in Echolocation swing back and forth from the natural world keenly observed–rain, birds, sunflowers, even a clam– to the contortions of the human heart, mostly caused by hurt and loss. And isn’t that where the best poetry resides, between the thing and the emotion, the swan and the grief? – Billy Collins
Chard deNiord, I WOULD LIE TO YOU IF I COULD: I Would Lie To You If I Could contains interviews with nine eminent contemporary American poets (Natasha Trethewey, Jane Hirshfield, Martin Espada, Stephen Kuusisto, Stephen Sandy, Ed Ochester, Carolyn Forche, Peter Everwine, and Galway Kinnell) and James Wright’s widow Anne. It presents conversations with a vital cross section of poets representing a variety of ages, ethnicities, and social backgrounds. The poets testify to the demotic nature of poetry as a charged language that speaks uniquely in original voices, yet appeals universally. As individuals with their own transpersonal stories, the poets have emerged onto the national stage from very local places with news that witnesses memorably in social, personal, and political ways. They talk about their poems and development as poets self-effacingly, honestly, and insightfully, describing just how and when they were “hurt into poetry,” as well as why they have pursued writing poetry as a career in which, as Robert Frost noted in his poem “Two Tramps in Mud Time,” their object has become “to unite their avocation and their vocation / As their two eyes make one in sight.
ROADS TAKEN: CONTEMPORARY VERMONT POETRY: With its mystical landscape and fiercely self-reliant citizenry, Vermont has inspired poets from its earliest days. This anthology of contemporary Vermont poets represents a wide range of accomplished voices―both young and old, both renowned and relatively unestablished. Their poems reverberate with what W.H. Auden called “memorable speech” in a wide variety of forms and subjects. While there is no such thing as a particular brand of Vermont poetry, the poems in this volume claim Vermont as their place of origin, bearing witness to the remarkably rich and ongoing legacy of the state’s poetic tradition.
When: Thursday, August 9, 7:00PM
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