Sierra Nelson & Kary Wayson
Two excellent Seattle poets read here this evening from newly published collections. Sierra Nelson’s The Lachrymose Report is the first book published in Poetry Northwest Editions’ Possession Sound Poetry Series. She received the 2014 Carolyn Kizer Prize, and her previous books include In Case of Loss and I Take Back the Sponge Cake.
“The bright, bird-mind behind the poems of The Lachrymose Report sees the world and its questions in the best kind of strange light. It riffs on bits of sound, creating new song; it picks up moments of science, art, history, and daily life, weaving them into strange nests of words … Sierra Nelson makes a wondrous strange music of the sorrows of the world and plumbs vulnerable, treacherous depths in such a way that allows the reader to approach them safely and return enlivened. I’m grateful this collection is in the world.” – Elizabeth Bradfield.
Kary Wayson is here with her just-published The Slip (Burnside Review Press). "Kary Wayson entrusts her whole art to the ludic music of language, seeking its way, syllable by syllable, phrase by sprightly turn of phrase, through way stations of feeling. She is funny and devastated and electrifying at every turn ... These poems make me laugh out loud and blink back sudden tears. Mostly, though, they leave me slack-jawed at their lexical, logical, and wildly various tonal grace. For anyone seeking to survive primal loss and keep singing, Kary Wayson shows the way."—Suzanne Buffam. Her earlier collection was American Husband.