Join Trident Booksellers & Cafe for a night of readings with selected poets from the National Poetry Series.
For 35 years the National Poetry Series has worked to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary American poetry. With the participation of distinguished judges, the Series consistently selects striking works from both emerging and established poets, without privileging any single aesthetic camp or place-based school. This reading will feature three of the five poets selected for the 2013 Series, Thomas Dooley, Sara Eliza Johnson, and Simeon Berry, a group both aesthetically and geographically representative of the Series’s range.
ABOUT THE POETS:
Thomas Dooley’s Trespass, the winner of the National Poetry Series open competition, showcases a powerful poetic talent who explores the darker side of domestic life with unique and startling vision.
Sara Eliza Johnson’s stunning, deeply visceral first collection, Bone Map (2013 National Poetry Series Winner), pulls shards of tenderness from a world on the verge of collapse, where violence and terror infuse the body, the landscape, and dreams: a handful of blackberries offered from bloodied arms, bee stings likened to pulses of sunlight, a honeycomb of marrow exposed.
Simeon Berry’s Ampersand Revisited marks up the blueprint of family myths, tracing the legacy of a father drawn toward the occult and a mother immured in a personality disorder. Circumscribed by a growing awareness of erotic consequences, the speaker struggles to navigate a spiritual and anatomical landscape that is equal parts lyrical and lurid. A deft balancing act between sublimation and the sublime, Berry’s narrative moves effortlessly through open prose forms, illuminating each psychic Venn diagram as he untangles illness from intuitive information, seeking the troubling crux at the heart of the ineffable.