GABRIEL JESIOLOWSKI & C. DAVIDA INGRAM
Keeping things on a poetic plane here today will be this reading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram, the former down from their home in islands north of here, the latter being a writer/artist/instigator who is an integral part of things here in Seattle. Occasioning the night is publication of Gabriel Jesiolowski’s striking new book, As Burning Leaves (Red Hen Press).
“‘[W]hat if there is no ghost realm?’ asks Gabriel Jesiolowski in the quietly arresting, steadily confident As Burning Leaves. But what if a ghost realm does in fact exist, and we are the ghosts―both haunting and haunted―who wander those ‘causeways between/fucking & nothingness’ that lie in the wake of betrayal, violation, abandonment? These poems speak from and into that very realm, sifting memory's restless evidence in a quest for answers to what ‘leads / / devotion / astray.’ Add to this a harder quest, for belief itself, the belief that ‘somehow, the body ceases grieving.’ These poems are at once the enactment and the proof of belief's healing power. They stir; they shine.” ―Carl Phillips.
“The geography of the body changes; its landmarks temporary; its border shifting, in Gabriel Jesiolowski's As Burning Leaves, a cartography of new forms, new ways of being. These poems constitute a healing atlas, a journey of utmost compassion, marked by both formal elegance and artful eloquence. What a remarkable book; it will astonish and enchant you.” ―D. A. Powell.
C. Davida Ingram is a past Stranger Genius Award recipient who makes things happen in different art forms and in life.