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Bookshop.org presents Ellen Bass and Toi Derricotte
June 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
From the organizer:
Please join us for a poetry reading with Toi Derricotte and Ellen Bass. Toi and Ellen are dear friends and have shared their poetry for many years. They are now coming together for this special reading of work from their new books. Of Toi Derricotte’s most recent book, “I”:New and Selected Poems, Terrance Hayes writes: “What song do you sing when you sing ‘so low we can’t hear you?’ Toi Derricotte makes poetry of that song. It rises from ‘the houses where you hear the least squealing,’ it is ‘quieter than blossoms & near invisible.’ It is filled with witness and love for our literal and literary families. The tough and tender intimacies of human bonds bind these marvelous new and selected poems.” Of Ellen Bass’ new book, Indigo, Mark Doty writes: “’You may have to break/ your heart,’ writes Ellen Bass, ‘but it isn’t nothing/ to know even one moment alive.’ That complex tenant of faith underlies every poem in this superb book, an inquiry into what it is to be present in the physical world, in time, a body in the world of bodies. Bass’s poems are surprising, tender, hungry and wide awake, fearless in their attention to every nuance of feeling. I love this book wholeheartedly.”
Register here: https://mailchi.mp/ellenbass/toiderricotte