Our Brief & Earthly Inheritance: Two Poets on the Art of Making Do
Wednesday, November 17 @ 12:00 pm
The poems in Jim Daniels’ Gun/Shy deal with the emotional weight of making do. Tinged with both the regrets and wisdom of aging, his poems measure the wages of love in a changing world with its vanishing currency. He finds solace in small miracles, exploring family work, childhood and adolescence, and his own mortality. He examines race, white privilege, America’s gun culture, and factory work, the myths we memorize to help us sleep at night, those that keep us awake and trembling. In The Mica Mine, Michael Hettich celebrates the unspoken dialogues of the natural world with linguistic dexterity and fierce transformative details. The human and animal realms interact with the vines and ponds of the untamed world, until they are a blended whole, reminding us of our brief and earthly inheritance.