• Terra Nova

    by Cynthia Huntington
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    by Adam Scheffler
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Cynthia Huntington and Adam Scheffler

present

Terra Nova

and

A Dog's Life

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
15
Wednesday
February 15, 2017
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes New Hampshire's former poet laureate CYNTHIA HUNTINGTON—author of Heavenly Bodies, a 2012 National Book Award finalist—and local poet and Harvard Ph.D. candidate ADAM SCHEFFLER for a discussion of their poetry collections, Terra Nova and A Dog's Life.

About Terra Nova

In this bold and ambitious book-length poem, National Book Award finalist Cynthia Huntington explores exile and migration—what it means to lose, seek, and find home in all its iterations—through a polyphonic work, written in multiple voices and evoking the method of Hart Crane’s The Bridge or the Nighttown episode in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Yet it is also a tough and vernacular work, owing as much to Patti Smith and the Clash as it does to High Modernism.

Again and again the work shows us outsiders forced into metaphorical and literal wildernesses, whether in a retelling of the biblical Israelites lost in the desert or in stories from Provincetown, Massachusetts, where the new world struggles into being at the edge of the sea. Yet the voices here, across many times and places, refuse to give in to desolation and despair.

Huntington’s approach is hybrid, oscillating between verse and lyrical prose to create a work that falls somewhere between an epic poem and a collection of lyric essays. Whether chronicling the creation of the world and the first exile from the Judeo-Christian Garden of Eden or imagining the terror and thrill of the first sea voyages, this is electric poetry: challenging, startling, and fulfilling.

Praise for A Dog's Life

"A Dog's Life is a delightful romp through Americana by way of 'real' America with sly, politically engaged poems. Though this poet issues a rallying cry against 'siren songs of entertainment,' his poems are completely entertaining but, at the same time, completely wise. He takes on true love, extinction, our fragile environment, war, technology, porn, aging and our fight against it, cancer, nursing homes, and death. A Dog's Life is an enlightened look at Doritos, Carson Daly, Walmart, McDonalds, theme parks, and, of course, dogs." —Denise Duhamel

Adam Scheffler
Adam Scheffler

Adam Scheffler

Adam Scheffler is the author of A Dog's Life, which was selected by Denise Duhamel as the winner of the Jacar Press Poetry Book Contest. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Rattle, Verse Daily, and many other venues. He grew up in Berkeley, California, received his MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in English at Harvard. He is thrilled and humbled to have a poem forthcoming in The Bark, the premier magazine of modern dog culture.

Cynthia Huntington
Cynthia Huntington

Cynthia Huntington

Cynthia Huntington’s fifth book of poetry, Terra Nova, will be published in February 2017 by the Crab Orchard Poetry Series, Southern Illinois University Press. A chapbook, Fire Muse, is newly out from The University Press of New England and a second chapbook, Gnomon, will be published in April by Jacar Press. Huntington’s latest book, Heavenly Bodies, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in Poetry. Presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, she teaches at Dartmouth College where she holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe Chair in Writing, and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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