Katie Ford - If You Have to Go: Poems and Susan Stewart - Cinder: New and Selected Poems

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

In acclaimed poetry collections including Blood Lyrics and Colosseum, Ford has used a deeply spiritual lens to probe the meaning of suffering in the world, meditating on the central mystery of Christianity, the violence of the Roman Empire, and the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. In her fourth and most personal book, she draws on the metaphysical tradition to chart the end of a marriage. In a rigorously beautiful, often wrenching sequence of thirty-nine sonnets, Ford—like Dante, caught “in the middle of my life”— struggles to begin again, eventually moving from the first searing crucible where “I was kept / a long time / in a flame,” to acceptance of her inextinguishable desire “to sit by a fire with someone / who wanted me in measure the same to my wanting.”

From her meticulous and musical early lyrics to recent work that announces “a new transparency,” Stewart has been one of contemporary American poetry’s most vital voices for nearly forty years. A translator and award-winning critic as well as a poet, she’s published six books of commentary in addition to five collections of poems, including the National Book Award-winning Columbarium. Gathering work from throughout her career, Cinder, which takes its title from a piece in her 1995 breakthrough collection, The Forest, is a remarkable retrospective that explores humanity’s imaginative and destructive impulses, charting, for instance, how “we needed stars / to find our way, to make / the light that blurred the stars.” investments that, so far, have not yielded predicted returns.


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If You Have to Go: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978112
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 7th, 2018

Cinder: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977955
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 2nd, 2018

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