Paisley Rekdal and Dana Levin
Seattle native Paisley Rekdal, widely considered one of the country’s finest poets, makes this welcome Seattle return to read both from a recent poetry collection, and a powerful, book-length essay on the still traumatic legacies of the war in Vietnam. The latter is The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam (University of Georgia), winner of the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award.
“By drawing attention to the plight of all those harmed by the Vietnam War—not just American soldiers but also “Asian allies and foes, the children we left behind, and the refugees we took in”—Rekdal deepens the understanding of the far-reaching cost of war.” - Publishers Weekly.
With poet Dana Levin also here, there will be the reading of poetry, as well, both poets with recent books from Copper Canyon Press. Imaginary Vessels is Paisley Rekdal’s fifth collection. “Rekdal is a poet of observation and history, one who carefully weighs the consequences of time. She revels in detail but writes vast, moral poems that help us live in a world of contraries in which “we hold still for the camera, believing it will shore up time, knowing it won’t.” These are some of the best lyric poems being written today.” - Craig Teicher, Los Angeles Times.
Banana Palace is the third of Dana Levin’s books of poems to be publisher by Copper Canyon. "Levin digs into the relationship between mind and body at a time when technologies offer expansive powers, and physical bodies seem more inefficient and absurd than ever... The world may seem broken, but these poems don't convey doom—Levin's clear, grounded language leaves the reader hopeful in the end." — Publishers Weekly.
Co-presented with COPPER CANYON PRESS.