Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us in welcoming GennaRose Nethercott, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition, as she debuts her boldly original and visceral collection, The Lumberjack's Dove.
Nethercott's striking inciting image gives way to what Pulitzer Prize-winner and former Poet Laureate Louise Glück calls "a meditation on attachment, on loss, on transformation." Far from representing just an event of pain and loss in the body, this incident spirals outward to explore countless facets of being human, prompting profound reflections on sacrifice and longing, time and memory, and--finally--consider the act of storytelling itself. The lumberjack, his hand, and the axe that separated the two all become participants in the story, with unique perspectives to share and lessons to impart. "I taught your fathers how to love," Axe says to the acorns and leaves around her. "I mean to be felled, sliced to lumber, & reassembled into a new body."
Inflected with the uncanny allure of modern folklore and animated by the sly shifting of points-of-view, The Lumberjack's Dove is "a book of unexpected lightness and buoyancy," Glück says. Expect to be charmed by the revelatory, richly textured poetry from a boundlessly creative new voice.
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