POETRY & JAZZ: Charles Simic Reading and a performance by Brad Terry & Peter Herman
From the Pulitzer Prizewinning former poet laureate, a collection of elegiac, irreverent, lyrical new poemsan American master at the height of his talent, shining light out into the dark
The latest volume of poetry from Charles Simic hums with the liveliness of the writers penScribbled in the Dark brings the poets signature sardonic sense of humor, piercing social insight, and haunting lyricism to diverse and richly imagined landscapes.
Peopled by policemen, presidents, kids in Halloween masks, a fortune-teller, a fly on the wall of the poets kitchen; on crowded New York streets, on park benches, and under darkened skies: the pages within toy with the end of the world and its infinity. Charles Simic continues to be an imitable voice in modern American poetry, one of its finest chroniclers of the human condition.
BLUE will be selling advanced copies at this event, provided by Longfellow Books. Get them FIRST at BLUE!
ABOUT CHARLES SIMIC: Charles Simic is widely recognized as one of the most visceral and unique poets writing today. Simics work has won numerous awards, among them the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Foundation genius grant, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and, simultaneously, the Wallace Stevens Award and appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate. He taught English and creative writing for over thirty years at the University of New Hampshire. Although he emigrated to the U.S. from Yugoslavia as a teenager, Simic writes in English, drawing upon his own experiences of war-torn Belgrade to compose poems about the physical and spiritual poverty of modern life. Liam Rector, writing for the Hudson Review, has noted that the authors work has about it a purity, an originality unmatched by many of his contemporaries. Though Simics popularity and profile may have increased dramatically over the two decades, his work has always enjoyed critical praise. In the Chicago Review, Victor Contoski characterized Simics work as some of the most strikingly original poetry of our time, a poetry shockingly stark in its concepts, imagery, and language. Georgia Review correspondent Peter Stitt wrote: The fact that [Simic] spent his first eleven years surviving World War II as a resident of Eastern Europe makes him a going-away-from-home writer in an especially profound way...He is one of the wisest poets of his generation, and one of the best.
Jazz being an admired genre of Charles Simic we thought a Jazz Concert would be a great way to support his book release!
ABOUT BRAD TERRY & PETER HERMAN:
Brad Terry has been playing this wonderful American music called Jazz ever since his neighbor Benny Goodman convinced his mother to buy him a clarinet when he was fourteen. "Ive been lucky to have known and been challenged by, played and recorded with some of the worlds greatest Jazz musicians and now, at seventy nine Im being challenged again by guitarist/friend Peter Herman who is back home!" Brad & Peter play tunes Terry has known for 50-60 years that Peter's hearing for the first time, bringin with him a flood of new and refreshing harmonic and melodic ideas. They play a variety of standard jazz tunes and spontaneously create musical conversations that take them "to surprising and often unlikely places." -Brad Terry
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