brian g. gilmore, Gary Copeland Lilley & Ruth Dickey
This threesome poetry reading brings us poets here from points east, with brian gilmore visiting from Michigan, Port Townsend with Gary Copeland Lilley, and here in Seattle with Ruth Dickey. With brian gilmore it’s a matter of finally getting him here after an earlier announced visit had to be cancelled. This time a new book of poems is in hand, come see about me, marvin (Wayne State University).
“In come see about me, marvin, poet gilmore’s literary toolbox is on full display, offering a poetic soundtrack rooted in the African American vernacular tradition, paying homage to the many black writers that help shape the current landscape of contemporary poetry. Through the backdrop of Michigan’s ‘cold winter streets’ and the beautifully written ‘distant lover’ series, influenced by Motown legend Marvin Gaye, the reader is escorted on a journey, exploring the social, political, and economic state of this country ... Gilmore is very aware of the literary shoulders he stands on. Be prepared to be dazzled by a poet in full bloom.” – Randall Horton.
Gary Copeland Lilly’s most recent book of poems is The Bushman’s Medicine Show (Lost Horse Press). “World, meet the Bushman, hoodoo artist of backcountry mythopoeisis at the edges of greatness and the Great Dismal Swamp … Through shore leaves and holding cells, mean-street malingerers and post-Katrina lamentations, defiance of Jim Crow and prayers for peace at the crossroads—love, trouble, and transcendence—the Bushman signifies, sanctifies, and calls forth blessings from the ancestor spirits with his tutelary “guitar that brought him home.” Reading these poems, you will enter into their exalted lowdown, and feel your soul infused with their break-bone pathos and celebration.” —Carolyne Wright.
This evening is a bit of a guilty pleasure for Ruth Dickey, taking a break from her duties as executive director at Seattle Arts & Lectures, and also, quite consumingly this year, as a fiction judge for this year’s National Book Awards, as she will be reading new poems from a forthcoming collection, Mud Blooms, due later this year from Harbor Mountain Press.