Minnesota Book Awards Poetry Finalists

April is National Poetry Month. But this shouldn't be your top reason for wanting to listen to the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards poetry finalists as they read from their collections. Ed Bok Lee's homonym-titled Whorled contains poems that expand, contract, and billow through topics both specific and universal, often spotlighting the rarely seen immigrant experience in Minneapolis. Lee's work is haunted by ghosts: ghosts of loss and violence and ghosts of ancestors and friends. Where Lee's poems are scratchy and loud, those within Jim Moore's Invisible Strings are meditative, allowing the reader to see inside the quotidian, elevating the blank space into a thoughtful, silent partnership with the word. "Survived," he writes, "another winter: my black stocking cap,/my mismatched gloves,/my suspicious, chilly heart." Also appearing are Athena Kildegaard, author of Bodies of Light, and Su Smallen who wrote Buddha, Proof. (Pictured: Ed Bok Lee's Whorled)
Tue., April 10, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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