Katie Ford & Rae Armantrout
Katie Ford, one estimable and visiting poet, and Rae Armantrout, another estimable poet, one who lives here and whose newest book is currently up for a National Book Award (longlist at this writing), give this reading together from their new books.
For Katie Ford, it is her fourth collection, If You Have To Go (Graywolf Press). “Ford (Blood Lyrics) explores and performs the work of mourning in [If You Have to Go], which traces the dissolution of a relationship and a home...The emotional resonance remains constant with grief lightened by such auspicious moments as when the speaker declares, ‘I am content because before me looms the hope of love.’ Ford makes sense of sorrow by way of poetry.”—Publishers Weekly.
Rae Armantrout is a past Pulitzer Prize winner, the author of fourteen previous books of poems, and a new one, Wobble (Wesleyan University Press), that is up (at this writing) for the aforementioned National Book Award. “Armantrout has always aimed at knowing life by isolating it from narrative." —Jeremy Noel-Tod, Times Literary Supplement.
Co-presented with HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. For more information here.