Kevin Young

reads from

Book of Hours:
Poems

Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry and Woodberry Poetry Room

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
10
Monday
March 10, 2014
7:00 PM ET

Location

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

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store, Mass Poetry, and the Woodberry Poetry Room are pleased to welcome National Book Award finalist KEVIN YOUNG for a reading of his poetry collection Book of Hours

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement (“Not the storm / but the calm / that slays me”), Kevin Young acknowledges, even celebrates, life’s passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence about the birth of his son.

In “Crowning,” he delivers what is surely one of the most powerful birth poems written by a man, describing “her face / full of fire, then groaning your face / out like a flower, blood-bloom,/ crocused into air.” Ending this book of both birth and grief, the gorgeous title sequence brings acceptance, asking “What good/are wishes if they aren’t / used up?” while understanding “How to listen / to what’s gone.”

Young’s frank music speaks directly to the reader in these elemental poems, reminding us that the right words can both comfort us and enlarge our understanding of life’s mysteries.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young

Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the author of a previous book of nonfiction, The Grey Album, and eleven books of poetry, including Blue Laws, which was long-listed for the National Book Award. He is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

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Event Series: The Road to Poetry Month

Harvard Book Store is anticipating National Poetry Month in April with a series of events this March. The Road to Poetry Month series includes events with poets Kevin Young and Dan Chiasson as well as biographer Susan Cheever for her new book on the life of E. E. Cummings.

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

Mass Poetry: http://masspoetry.org/
Woodberry Poetry Room: http://hcl.harvard.edu/poetryroom/

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