Reason & Unreason: Three Poets on Destruction, Memory & Hope
Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
Walking through the landscape of loss, the poems in Anne Marie Macari’s Heaven Beneath: Poems explore the illness of a parent and the parallel ongoing degradation and destruction of the planet and its creatures. Beneath “paved-over space,” in the deep currents of a river, or the shadows of great trees, there’s another world, there’s a heaven, unknowable, in the muck, alive and with us, not distant or abstract. In Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections, Jill Bialosky considers the oppositions that govern us: our reason and unreason, our need to preserve and destruct, building a narrative sequence that examines her nascent calling as a writer; her sister’s suicide and its still unfolding aftermath; the horror unleashed by World War II; the life cycle of the monarch butterfly; and the woods where she seeks asylum – to form a moving story, powerfully braiding despair, survival, and hope. Maggie Smith, the author of Keep Moving, returns to poetry with Goldenrod: Poems, a new collection that looks at parenthood, solitude, love, and memory, pulling objects from everyday life to celebrate the contours of daily life, explore and delight in the space between thought and experience, and remind us that we decide what is beautiful. Moderated by Caridad Moro-Gronlier of Supporting Women Writers in Miami (SWWIM).