Monday, March 26, 2007

Book Launch, Reading: Dudley, Hamer, Voigt

Please join us for a book launch and readings from:

Ellen Dudley, The Geographic Cure Four Way Books

Forrest Hamer, Rift , Four Way Books

Ellen Bryant Voigt, Messenger , WW Norton

Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Poets House 72 Spring Street

Readings, Signings, Refreshments
Free admission

RSVP as space is limited

A Four Way Books sponsored event.
We are grateful to Poets House for their generous rental terms.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

C. Dale Young receives Starred Publishers Weekly Review

This week's Publishers' Weekly contains a glowing review of C. Dale Young's second book, which Four Way is publishing this April. Congratulations, C. Dale!

STARRED REVIEW The Second Person
C. Dale Young. Four Way (UPNE, dist.), $14.95 (88p)
ISBN 978-1-884800-76-7

The title of Young’s second collection evokes the book’s many concerns: romantic partnership and sex (especially between two men), the nature of the other, and the “you” to whom many of these poems are addressed. Young’s preoccupation with the body comes from his medical background (he is a practicing physician) filtered through an aesthete’s attention to form and lyric (most of these poems are in near tercets). Young’s speakers are caught between the desire to understand and the desire to simply desire: “It is not the bone beneath the skin that I kiss/ but the silence clinging to the skull’s curve.” The poems come to the page already burdened by a doctor’s knowledge that mortality rules over even love, and the natural world becomes an analogy for human suffering: “the rain spreads like a bruise over the ocean.” The excellent long poem “Triptych at the Edge of Sight” sketches a blurry romantic “landscape filled with failure” whose all-too-human inhabitants may or may not find spiritual consolation. When Young’s two worlds—the medical and the metaphorical—merge, they create a love poetry that is sublime because and in spite of its knowledge. (Apr.)

Deborah Bernhardt Reading / Talk in Arizona

Deborah Bernhardt, Sawako Nakayasu, and Catherine Wing

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 8:00PM

Poetry Center’s “Next Word in Poetry” Series

The University of Arizona, Modern Languages Auditorium, Tucson, Arizona

Deborah Bernhardt, Sawako Nakayasu, and Catherine Wing

Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 1:00PM

Panel Discussion: "New Trends in Contemporary Poetry"

The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Conference Room, Tucson, Arizona