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Poems: A Reading
Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 2:30 pm
Form blends with content in Chinaka Hodge‘s Dated Emcees, where she examines her love life through the lens of hip-hop’s best known orators, characters, archetypes and songs, creating a new and inventive narrative about the music that shaped the craggy heart of a young woman poet, just as it also changed the global landscape of pop. Janine Joseph‘s poetry collection, Driving Without a License, is a disquieting narrative of an undocumented young woman from the Philippines who navigates risk and threat. Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, Donika Kelly‘s Bestiary is, in part, a catalog of animals and mythical creatures—centaur, mermaid, griffin—each a kind of space for wondering who we are and for recognizing our multiplicity of selves. Also a finalist for the National Book Award, Solmaz Sharif’s astonishing first book of poetry, Look, asks us to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable losses of human lives and also the insidious abuses against our everyday speech.