SubText Books Poetry Book Club
The second Sunday of every month at 3pm.
Poetry Book Club is an opportunity to join other readers in discussion of a book of poetry with no pressure to like or “understand” every book or poem. Simply read the book and come to the discussion with an open, generous, and curious mind. We’ll have a conversation about the overall themes, the poems we’re drawn to, how the poet is using the tools of poetry to communicate, and any other ideas and questions the poems generate. Books can be purchased from SubText Books at a discount in the month leading up to the meeting.
Discussions led by poet and critic Timothy Otte.
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6 Fifth Street West, St. Paul MN 55102
by Patricia Smith
Sunday, July 8, 2018, 3pm.
From the publisher:
A storm's-eye view of the devastation that forever changed New Orleans and America.
In minute-by-minute detail, Patricia Smith tracks Hurricane Katrina’s transformation into a full-blown mistress of destruction. From August 23, 2005, the day Tropical Depression 12 developed, through August 28 when it became a Category 5 storm with its “scarlet glare fixed on the trembling crescent,” to the heartbreaking aftermath, these poems evoke the horror that unfolded in New Orleans as America watched on television.
Assuming the voices of flailing politicians, the dying, their survivors, and the voice of the hurricane itself, Smith follows the woefully inadequate relief effort and stands witness to the immeasurable losses. An unforgettable reminder that poetry can still be “news that stays news,” Blood Dazzler serves not only as a memorial, but as a necessary step toward national healing.
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