9th Ave: CANCELLED Charif Shanahan and Airea D. Matthews

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

 

 

 

Due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. We will reschedule some time in January.

Charif Shanahan and Airea D. Matthews read from their latest poetry collections.

 

About Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing

 

Winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

 

In this affecting poetry debut, Charif Shanahan explores what it means to be fully human in our wounded and divided world. In poised yet unrelenting lyric poems, Shanahan--queer and mixed-race--confronts the challenges of a complex cultural inheritance, informed by colonialism and his mother's immigration to the United States from Morocco, navigating racial constructs, sexuality, family, and the globe in search of "who we are to each other . . . who we are to ourselves."

 

With poems that weave from Marrakesh to Zurich to London, through history to the present day, this book is, on its surface, an uncompromising exploration of identity in personal and collective terms. Yet the collection is, most deeply, about intimacy and love, the inevitability of human separation and the challenge of human connection. Urging us to reexamine our own place in the broader human tapestry, Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing announces the arrival of a powerful and necessary new voice.

 

About Simulacra

 

Winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize


A fresh and rebellious poetic voice, Airea D. Matthews debuts in the acclaimed series that showcases the work of exciting and innovative young American poets. Matthews's superb collection explores the topic of want and desire with power, insight, and intense emotion. Her poems cross historical boundaries and speak emphatically from a racialized America, where the trajectories of joy and exploitation, striving and thwarting, violence and celebration are constrained by differentials of privilege and contemporary modes of communication. In his foreword, series judge Carl Phillips calls this book "rollicking, destabilizing, at once intellectually sly and piercing and finally poignant." This is poetry that breaks new literary ground, inspiring readers to think differently about what poems can and should do in a new media society where imaginations are laid bare and there is no thought too provocative to send out into the world.

 

 

 

Simulacra Cover Image
By Airea D. Matthews, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780300223965
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Published: Yale University Press - March 28th, 2017

Winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize


Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780809335770
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Southern Illinois University Press - January 20th, 2017

In this affecting poetry debut, Charif Shanahan explores what it means to be fully human in our wounded and divided world.


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