Spencer Reece & Kathleen Flenniken
Poet Spencer Reece, virtually here tonight with a book of poetically-charged prose, and Washington State Book Award-winning poet Kathleen Flenniken with her newest book of poems read and talk together this evening. For Spencer Reece, there is his new book, The Secret Gospel of Mark: A Poet’s Memoir (Seven Stories Press), along with early copies of his new illustrated book, All the Beauty Still Left: A Poet’s Painted Book of Hours (Turtle Point Press).
“Spencer Reece’s The Secret Gospel of Mark is ‘a memoir-breviary, a poetry devotional’ for our time, in the company of Thomas Merton’s The Seven Story Mountain. With extraordinary candor, Reece discloses the whole of his life, body and soul, as poet and priest, brother and son. It is an extraordinary journey of sexual and spiritual awakening, in the company of poets from beginning to end. A profound and necessary work, luminous and full of grace.” —Carolyn Forché.
Spencer Reece’s poetry collections include the Bakeless Prize-winning The Clerk’s Tale and The Road to Emmaus.
Kathleen Flenniken’s newest book, following Famous and Plume, is Post Romantic (University of Washington Press).
“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.
“Not only does Flenniken grapple with personal feelings about loss, fear, and growing older, she also examines, with a wider lens, white America’s romantic view of the past. The poems are layered so that we move seamlessly between childhood, marriage, histories of war operations, and marginalization and displacement of others.”- Erin Malone.