Anne Shivas and Ewa Chrusciel will share the podium and read from their newly published books.
Whit Grace is Anne Shivas' first collection and comes after years of work in Scotland, Vermont, and Israel. Her poems explore culture, landscape and identity in each of these places, from the Scottish coast to the hills and villages around Jerusalem, and the dramatic seasonal shifts in rural Vermont. The poems are often playful in form and in their use of language but also explore the weight and heft of words, especially the poet's own Scots tongue, and the magic of naming things.
“With rippling, elemental imagery, deep pleasure in naming, and a sense of home that remains unabashedly 'off- centre,' Whit Grace is a debut of clear-eyed and richly musical wonders."--Michael Waters
Ewa Chrusciel maps the biblical event onto the current migration crises in her sixth collection of poems, Of Annunciations. Annunciation becomes a symbol of the “yes” that we utter in front of reality, particularly confronted with exiles, strangers—in other words, the other. The book quivers on the brink between openness to the other and the terror the other brings out in us. Through prayer, lament, and lullaby Chrusciel attempts to give voice to the voiceless and find healing in what seems to be an insurmountable rift of dislocation.
Chrusciel is a bilingual poet and a translator. She is an associate professor of creative writing and poetry at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire.
“Transparent sea-swells carry the submerged cries of humanity. This poet is a marvel at hearing and finding beauty where there is no good.” --Fanny Howe, The Needle’s Eye: Passing Through My Youth
Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Please call 802-649-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat.
In her book, Chrusciel maps the biblical event of annunciation onto the current migration crises. Annunciation becomes a symbol of the "yes" that we utter in front of reality, particularly confronted with exiles, strangers--in other words, the other. The book quivers on the brink between openness to the other and the terror the other brings out in us. What does it mean to say "yes" to a stranger?