Aimee Nezhukumatathil & John Freeman

If things go as we imagine this might, this evening’s program will feature Aimee Nezhukumatathil, one of the most vital poets of her generation, doing this virtual reading program with her first book of prose, the dazzling, animated book that is World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments (Milkweed).  She, presumably at home in Mississippi, will be joined by John Freeman, whom we think will be linked in from London. Most known for extraordinary work as an editor and essayist, he is also becoming increasingly recognized as a poet of note. Copper Canyon Press, which now also publishes Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poetry (Oceanic), has just published John Freeman’s second collection, The Park, following his earlier Maps. This program should feature strong talk about the planet, and some excellent poetry.

"Aimee Nezhukumatathil's World of Wonders is the first book to make me feel like a firefly as much as it reminds me I'm still a black boy playing in Central Mississippi woods. The book walks. It sprints. It leaps. Most importantly, the book lingers in a world where power, people, and the literal outside wrestle painfully, beautifully. This book is a world of wonders. This book is about to shake the Earth." ―Kiese Laymon.

“Freeman deftly stages his urbane poems of rumination over, even celebration of, the complexities of life… Delight and humor abound… There is wistfulness in these poems, though they never become mired in shadows of what is lost or gone.” —Booklist.

John Freeman’s other recent books include Dictionary of the Undoing (MCD x FSG), a lexicon of our political and cultural moment, and an anthology of writers around the world, writing on our climate crisis moment, A Tale of Two Planets (Penguin). The newest edition of his bi-annual anthology, Freeman’s (Grove), on Love, will be out later in the fall.

 

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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

Oceanic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595264
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 10th, 2018

At the Drive-In Volcano Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781932195453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tupelo Press - December 13th, 2012

The Park Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595950
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 5th, 2020

Freeman's: Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802157836
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143133926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2020

Dictionary of the Undoing Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli (Afterword by), John Freeman
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374538859
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - November 12th, 2019

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 6:00pm
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