The Graywolf Press Poetry Tour
featuring Nick Flynn, Dobby Gibson, and Mary Szybist
February 6, 2013
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Graywolf Press poets NICK FLYNN, DOBBY GIBSON, and MARY SZYBIST for readings of their most recent collections.
Nick Flynn's The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands is an emotional, resilient response to some of the essential issues of our day by one of America’s most innovative writers. The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands begins as a meditation on love and the body but soon breaks down into a collage of voices culled from media reports, childhood memories, testimonies from Abu Ghraib detainees, passages from documentary films, overheard conversations, and scraps of poems and song, only to reassemble with a gathering sonic force. Each poem becomes a hallucinatory, shifting experience, through jump cut, lyric persuasion, and deadpan utterance.
Meditative, lyrical, aphoristic, and always leavened with a wry wit, the poems in Dobby Gibson’s It Becomes You explore the divergent conditions by which we’re perpetually defined—the daily weather, the fluctuations of the Dow, the growth of a cancer cell, the politics of the day. What surrounds us becomes us, Gibson suggests, in a book that will ultimately become you.
In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle. Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open herself to God. Inside these poems is a deep yearning—for love, motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak. Beautiful and inventive, Incarnadine is the new collection by one of America’s most ambitious poets.
About the Graywolf Press Poetry Tour: Since 1974, Graywolf Press has consistently published extraordinary poets, including both new and established voices. To amplify the awareness and appreciation of poetry, Graywolf Press is launching the Graywolf Press Poetry Tour, featuring a changing line-up of contemporary poets presenting dynamic readings around the country.
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