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Joseph Harrison’s third collection of poetry displays all the formal adroitness that characterized his two previous books, now applied to a greater range of subjects and poetic genres. Poems that speak to our current condition and poems in various historical settings, evocations of Italian and Latin precursors as well as English and American ones, and forms that range from short lyrics to longer meditations in blank verse and terza rima combine to produce a volume of extraordinary variety and scope. Shakespeare’s Horse blends the past with the present, the personal with the universal, and a resonant music with an idiosyncratic vision that sees the world afresh.
Joseph Harrison was born in Richmond, Virginia, grew up in Virginia and Alabama, and studied at Yale and Johns Hopkins. His first book of poems, Someone Else’s Name, was chosen as one of five poetry books of the year by The Washington Post. He was awarded an Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005. A second book of poetry, Identity Theft, was published in 2008. In 2009 Harrison received a fellowship in poetry from the Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Carla Harrison.
In Charms Against Lightning, emerging poet James Arthur handles multi-layered images of the everyday that bloom into remarkable vastness, poems reminiscent of walking rhythms and rich with internal rhyme. Alive with stirring accounts of travel, intimate moments of solitude, and encounters with the ineffable. This book sings in striking language and sound, of personae and place, winding somewhere beyond selfhood.
James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2010, and Best Canadian Poetry 2008. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1974 and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He received a BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto, in 1997; an MA from the University of New Brunswick in 2001; and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. He is married to the fiction writer Shannon Robinson.
Dora Malech's Say So is at once rigorously formal and wildly experimental. Human utterance, be it prayer or plea or pun or turn of phrase or epithet, is one of the collection's primary pistons; poetic tradition rhyme, meter, form, rhetoric is another; the beauty and betrayals of the body, or bodies echoed in the beauty and betrayal of language itself is a third. Together, these forces provide the pressure that brings these poems to life.
Dora Malech was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1981 and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale College in 2003 and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2005. She has been the recipient of a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship from Yale, a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the Writers’ Workshop, a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award, a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, and a 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 7:00pm