Saturday, August 22nd, 3:00pm -- Poets Collier Nogues and Lisa Ciccarello
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Orca is delighted to welcome poet Collier Nogues back to the store on this August afternoon. Collier's new book is "The Ground I Stand on Is Not My Ground," winner of the Drunken Boat Poetry Contest for 2014. Joining Collier this time is fellow poet Lisa Ciccarello, whose excellent debut collection, "At Night", was just released in April 2015.
"The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground" is a hybrid of poetry and digital art. Its poems erase historical documents related to the development and aftermath of the Pacific War, especially on the island of Okinawa. Erased into poems, these texts become spare narratives of how individual soldiers’ and civilians’ daily lives were transformed by the war. The book’s companion website features each poem as an interactive erasure. Taken together, the poems and their original texts tell a larger story about the ways we imagine war, and the ways language can be used to record, justify, memorialize, or resist it.
Told in an age we can't quite put our finger on, the poems in Lisa Ciccarello's "At Night" twist up from tales of witchcraft and the punishing morals of the Newgate Calendar. Vulnerable in the darkness as the dead watch behind salt-lined windows, we are led to explore a world of simple objects through a complex fog of cruelty and longing, strength and feebleness, folklore and familial traditions. Violence, love, death, jealousy, sex, and shadows fill the pages of "At Night." If you seek comfort, you will find none here.
Don't miss this one, poetry lovers!