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    by Jana Prikryl
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Jana Prikryl

presents

No Matter:
Poems

in conversation with JAMES WOOD

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
12
Tuesday
November 12, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

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

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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed poet and editor JANA PRIKRYL—author of The After Party—for a reading from her latest collection, No Matter: Poems. She will be joined in conversation by celebrated writer, New Yorker critic, and Harvard professor JAMES WOOD.

About No Matter

Jana Prikryl’s No Matter guides the reader through cities—remembered and imagined—toppling past the point of decline and fall. Conjured by voices alternately ardent, caustic, grieving, but always watchful, these soliloquies move from free verse through sonnets and invented forms, insisting that every demolition builds something new and unforeseen. In reactionary times, these poems say, we each have a responsibility to use our imagination.

No Matter is an elegy for our ongoing moment, when what seemed permanent suddenly appears to be on the brink of disappearing.

Praise for No Matter

"One of the most original voices of her generation has produced a second brilliant book. These poems, urban and urbane, offbeat and stringent, welcome the reader with a beguiling lucidity; but that sparkling surface, as in the best John Ashbery poems, hides an obliquity that turns out to be provocative and sometimes complexly self-unraveling. Nothing is quite as it seems—'like the East River pretending / to be a river when it's merely an appetite'—and the world is estranged and transfigured in this enchanting work. My idea of the good life would be a new Jana Prikryl poem, served daily with my breakfast, till the end of my days." —James Wood

James Wood
James Wood

James Wood

James Wood is a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker and the recipient of a National Magazine Award in criticism. He is the author of How Fiction Works, as well as two essay collections, The Broken Estate and The Irresponsible Self, and two novels, The Book Against God and Upstate. He is a professor of the practice of literary criticism at Harvard University.

Jana Prikryl
Jana Prikryl

Jana Prikryl

Jana Prikryl is the author of The After Party, which was one of the New York Times's Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, The Paris Review, and the New York Review of Books, where she is a senior editor and the poetry editor.

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