Maple Street Book Club: September A Swarm Of Bees Tonya Foster

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Maple Street Book Club: September   A Swarm Of Bees   Tonya Foster
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The eighth meeting of the Maple Street Book Shop is Thursday, September 8, at 6 PM at the Maple Street Book Shop.

This month we will have local poet Brad Richard as guest facilitator, and he’s picked “A Swarm of Bees in High Court,” a book of poetry by Tonya Foster.

The book club choice will be available at 10% off at the store. Refreshments will be served. No sign-up is necessary to attend the club.

Brad Richard is founder and chairman of Lusher’s Creative Writing Department and co-director of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards/Southeast Louisiana Writing Region. He has published three collections of poetry and was the winner of the 2010 Washington Prize. His work has been featured in numerous prestigious anthologies and journals. Richard has received many grants and awards, including the Century Swept Brutal/Black Ocean Award in Excellence; a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship in Literature; the Poets & Writers, Inc., Writers Exchange Award in Poetry; and a Surdna Foundation Artist Teacher Fellowship. Mr. Richard is also a co-founder of the New Writers Literary Festival (LitFest) and The Waves Reading Series.

“A SWARM OF BEES IN HIGH COURT is, among other things, Tonya Foster’s ‘attempt to create biography of a place,’ specifically Harlem in the 21st century, where certain dreams are indefinitely deferred. Foster’s work is a poem of womanhood reminiscent of Gwendolyn Brooks’ unassuming heroines Annie and Maud, Ntozake Shange declaring, ‘I Usedta Live in the World,’ or Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn singing ‘Rocks in My Bed.’ A sleepless woman with plenty of worrying thoughts to keep her up at night, not to mention chronic ‘street corner noise,’ lies at the heart of this work. From bedroom intimacies behind closed blinds to public displays of affection and disaffection, Foster’s poetry contemplates unspoken bonds of culture, geography, and race that bring couples and communities together, along with the terrible strains that can tear them apart: ‘this poem is the city of faces deserted by the hope of we.’ Infused with a weary and wary blues, Tonya Foster’s innovative variations on haiku are terse verses, tautly turned and tuned to cycles and rhythms of urban insomniacs.”

-Harryette Mullen
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