Matthew Zapruder & Srikanth Reddy

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Matthew Zapruder & Srikanth Reddy
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At last: an evening we have been working to schedule for nearly two years (!) takes place as esteemed poet and poetry editor (Wave Books) Matthew Zapruder reads here from his most recent collection, Sun Bear (Copper Canyon Press).

“After the imaginative fever of Come on All You Ghosts (2010), Guggenheim fellow Zapruder tones things down in his wry fourth collection. He is ruminative and plain-spoken, forthright and hard-hitting, as in the title poem, in which he pays tribute to a zoo bear and expresses concern about our ability to destroy ourselves and every other living entity. Zapruder is attentive to “what we call news,” painfully aware that as he reads, people die. “I just sit in my room and worry.” Yet his humble attentiveness to the world and willingness to convey personal revelations; his open anxiety; tricky, needling humor; and brain-teasing syntax are oddly tonic and reassuring.” -Donna Seaman

With Matthew Zapruder tonight is noted poet and scholar Srikanth Reddy. He is the author of a book on U.S. poetry, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry. His most recent full-length collection of poems is Voyager..

"Srikanth Reddy's Voyager unwinds at a hypnotic pace, as inexorable as a set of philosophic propositions, yet also strangely porous, like poetry. Gradually we come to understand words spoken by Escher in the poem, 'formal objectivity / might be / a personal matter,' but by then it's too late: we're hooked. It's is a work unlike any other, deeply moving, disturbing, and ultimately fulfilling." -John Ashbery
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By: Elliott Bay Book Company