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Poetry Evening with David Lazar and Christina Pugh

03/09/2017 06:00 PM

@ Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley 1
EvanstonIL 


Poetry Evening with David Lazar and Christina Pugh

DAVID LAZAR was a Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction for 2015-16. His books include Who's Afraid of Helen of Troy, After Montaigne, Occasional Desire: Essays, The Body of Brooklyn, Truth in Nonfiction, Essaying the Essay, Powder Town, Michael Powell: Interviews, and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher. Forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press are I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms, and Characters. He will be reading from Who's Afraid of Helen of Troy, a linked series of prose poems about love, or amour fou. In between are songs, movies and the occasional goddess and god.

CHRISTINA PUGH is the author of four books of poems, including most recently Perception (Four Way Books, 2017). Her essays on poetry and poetics have appeared in Poetry, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Literary Imagination, and The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Since 1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), among others. Pugh is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine. A Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry for 2015-2016, she lives in
Evanston.

She will be reading from Perception, a suite of short poems considering concrete objects ranging from paintings and shop signs to wallpaper and flowers. These poems are seeking to enact a tenor of attention – the power of singular focus – that is too easily lost in our multitasking age.

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