Kevin Craft & Rebecca Aronson
This evening brings one esteemed Seattle poet and editor, Kevin Craft, together with a former Seattle resident (and MFA student at the University of Washington), New Mexico-based poet Rebecca Aronson, for a reading from their newest books. Kevin Craft, who is the executive editor of Poetry Northwest Editions and author of Solar Prominence, is here tonight with Vagrants and Accidentals (University of Washington Press).
"Evoking the steadfastness of calendrical weeks and a card deck's volatility, these 52+1 poems meditate on the unforeseen directions a life can take. Like the prism that serves as a quietly recurring trope, these poems are sites of gather and scatter, as flickers of classical beauty get projected out of fracture. An encomium to drift that places figures 'steeped in disappearance' in the foreground of its long, historical view, Vagrants and Accidentals suggests that being blown off course is the course." -Andrew Zawacki.
Rebecca Aronson is here with her newest collection, Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom (Itasca Books), winner of the 2016 Orison Poetry Prize. “Explosive, turbulent, haunting, magnetic, Rebecca Aronson’s Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom begins with a girl who sets a field on fire, an apt metaphor for poems that are themselves fiery. Mortality and death undergird Aronson’s fantastical visions, where a child becomes a seagull, a woman turns tarantula, and a house threatens to fill with blood. Fierce vulnerability and brutality excite the perceptions of the ill and the grief-stricken, the child and the new mother … An acute and visceral brightness–an aliveness–reaches under the eyelids, floating the reader across startling landscapes and dreamscapes, from Pompeii to Jersey City. I could stare all day at the riot of gasping colors, enthralled by Aronson’s poems and her ‘Ravenous god of little things.”’ -Hadara Bar-Nadav, judge of the 2016 Orison Poetry Prize.