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Come and celebrate the launch of poet Moira Egan’s newest collection, Synæsthesium!
Synæsthesium is an unusual exploration of ekphrasis―poetry that takes a real or imagined work of art as its muse. The first half of the book, Olfactorium, is inspired by various fragrances and the olfactory flashbacks―real or imagined―induced by them. From everyday Old Spice to exotic Casbah, the poems take the reader on journeys peppered with the luscious language of perfumery. The second part, Love and Work, is based on the works of Suzanne Valadon, the bold and unconventional model-turned-artist, peer and probable lover of Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other painters. The poetic forms―sonnets, syllabics, a villanelle, a rondeau―reflect the content of the paintings and drawings of this great and under-appreciated artist.
Moira Egan was born in Baltimore and earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and an MFA from Columbia University, where James Merrill chose her graduate manuscript for the David Craig Austin Prize. Her most recent collection, Synæsthesium, won The New Criterion Poetry Prize. Previous books published in the U.S. are Hot Flash Sonnets; Spin; Bar Napkin Sonnets, which won the 2008 Ledge Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Cleave. In Italy, two bilingual collections, with translations by her husband, Damiano Abeni, have appeared, and she and Damiano have also translated the work of several authors into Italian. She lives in Rome and teaches Creative Writing at the St. Stephen’s School.
TIME & DATE
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:00pm