Rarely does a debut collection deliver so effortlessly on the promise of poetry as it is lived, offering its readers an intuitive musicality paired with careful observation and a certain stillness of mind. The voices in these poems somehow manage to be openly self-conscious while remaining expressive, deliberate, and measured. Itâ€™s as if Dominique Townsend feels altogether at home in whatever environment she finds herself, confident in her abilities to describe/unearth/translate from the temporal moment any universal experience it may contain, or explicate the emotional cathexis as generated by the human situation in which it resides. In these poems searching is an act of faithâ€”but a wandering, hard-won faith, lived-in and inseparable from its discoveryâ€”where the fleeting is found to be necessary and worthy of our examination and praise. The Weather & Our Tempers offers a vision of a world exceptional as it is mundane, funny as it is tragic, a world that relies on our perception of it even as it changes our perception. It is a world that is rejuvenating, but always with death right there in the background, the sacrifice required for our recording: â€śsomething needs / to be offered up / for the sake of the story.â€ť Here is a book that while relishing ideas, persons, objectsâ€”allowing each their own place and instanceâ€”simply cannot let things be.
Townsend received her BA from Barnard College, a Masterâ€™s from Harvard, and a PhD from Columbia. She currently teaches Buddhism at Columbia. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Green Fuse Poetic Arts Ensemble Reading
Green Fuse Poetic Arts, a non-profit grass roots poetry organization, will offer an ensemble poetry reading by recently published members from the Colorado Front Range. Shirley Kobar from Loveland will read from her new chapbook PIONEER BEYOND; Pat Maslowski from Drake will read from her new book ON RETREAT IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK WITH →
Robert Kingâ€™s first book, Old Man Laughing (Ghost Road Press), was a finalist for the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry and his second, Some of These Days appeared in 2013 from Conundrum Press. He recently won the Grayson Books Chapbook Competition with Rodin & Co. He lives in Greeley, Colorado, where he directs the website www.ColoradoPoetsCenter.org.
Jared Smith is →
Innisfree and Buchanan's are honored to have been selected for this national event this Saturday August 9. This is the first time a coffee shop on University Hill has been included. Thank you to Conscious Coffees.
What could be better than fresh mountain air, gorgeous scenery, and a cup of great coffee, tea, chai, or drinking chocolate? Weâ€™re not sure, but →
Ira Liss discovered his love & passion for performing in his first theater improv class more than 28 years ago in NYC. That self-discovery has led to a continuing journey of performing arts doing stand-up comedy, theater improv, murder mystery dinner theater (performed at dozens of Manhattan restaurants plus the Amtrak train to Atlantic City!), poetry performance, sketch comedy, Playback →
Seth Hoffman is a singer/songwriter/story-teller and also a 5th grade teacher based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His songs are inspired from personal experiences, travels, nature, dreams, and conversations. To learn more about Seth, hear some music, and see some videos, visit his website at: sethhoffmanmusic