Join us for a poetry reading with Sarah Rose Nordgren, author of Darwin's Mother, and Michele Poulos, author of Black Laurel. Free & open to the public.
About Darwin's Mother: In Darwin’s Mother, curious beasts are excavated in archeological digs, Charles Darwin’s daughter describes the challenges of breeding pigeons, and a forest of trees shift and sigh in their sleep. With a keen sense of irony that rejects an anthropocentric worldview and an imagination both philosophical and playful, the poems in this collection are marked by a tireless curiosity about the intricate workings of life, consciousness, and humanity’s place in the universe.
About Black Laurel: In Michele Poulos’s exquisite and haunting debut collection, Black Laurel, intimate elegiac gestures honor landscapes and individuals we have lost to history. Resonant and oracular, her poems travel the world, from New Orleans to Greece and beyond, as they invoke both ancient and contemporary cultures in charting those losses, which include the ravaging wars that have become our common weather and our constant mourning. Often, the shifting stages of experience find their elegant resolution in the landscapes of the natural world—even as the women who speak in these disquieting poems continue to call out to us from our past and future ruins. --David St. John, author of The Auroras