Kathleen Flenniken with Sharon Bryan
A poet we have had the pleasure of hosting many times at Elliott Bay, as poet, as Washington State Poet Laureate, and as an editor with Floating Bridge Press, it’s always a welcome evening when Seattle poet Kathleen Flenniken reads, this even the more so as it’s with a new collection of poems, Post Romantic (University of Washington Press). This third collection by a poet whose prizes include the Washington State Book Award and the Prairie Schooner BookPrize, with other honors and distinctions along the way, covers a lot of terrain, doing so beautifully.
“The surface range of Kathleen Flenniken’s new community of poems is admirably vast ... The poet’s 'post-romantic' sensibility hovers over all of these poems, many of which track love from its giddy flowering, through its many disappointments and hibernations, to a late, mature moment ... And always … we find those Flenniken lines that allow the language of poetry to snap into existence out of the language of blah: 'the patience of a low place in the land / waiting to become a sea.'” - Albert Goldbarth.
“Flenniken’s ambition is fully realized as she skillfully enlists a variety of innovative forms and voices. The result is stunning. Post Romantic is both a product of and a gift for challenging times. If poetry can sustain us—and I believe it can—this collection is a lifesaver.” - Holly J. Hughes.
Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.