Saturday, October 19 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Poems of Bewilderment and Loss

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According to an interview in BOMB, Nick Flynn’s latest collection of poetry, I Will Destroy You, was written “in a state of consciously and actively attempting not to write.” The result is a collection of poems, as Flynn admits, that “came out sideways,” depicting struggles with marriage, with fatherhood, with fidelity, and with mortality--in short, with what it means to be alive in the world. Martha Collins’s latest book, Because What Else Could I Do, is a spare yet visceral collection of fifty-five short poems, most addressed to her late husband in the six months following his sudden death. Booklist praises the collection, which “urgently and unflinchingly captures the shock and reverberation of unexpected grief.” Collins and Flynn will each read from their latest collections, followed by a discussion of the work, moderated by award-winning poet Fred Marchant. Sponsored by Mass Poetry.

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Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which, Said Not Said, was recently recognized as an Honors Book for 2017 by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Earlier books include Full Moon Boat, House on Water, House in Air, and The Looking House. His first book... Read More →

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Martha Collins

Martha Collins has just published her tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Can I Do. Her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and the book-length poem Blue Front, as well as the paired volumes Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day. Collins has also... Read More →
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into fifteen languages; The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment; and The Reenactments. Flynn is also the... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116