Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets and coordinated by Mildred Barya. This month, we welcome Merle Bachman, David Ebenbach, and Richard Tillinghast. This is a free virtual event but registration is required.
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David Ebenbach is the author of nine books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that include How to Mars, Miss Portland, Some Unimaginable Animal, and a new poetry collection from Orison Books, What's Left to Us by Evening. David lives with his family in Washington, DC, where he teaches creative writing at Georgetown University.
How does one live in a world that is both beautiful and broken—a world of cherry blossoms and gun violence, fellowship and political enmity, plague and rebirth? What’s Left to Us by Evening, David Ebenbach’s unsparing and timely new poetry collection, examines the obligation—and privilege—of carrying it all. David Ebenbach’s poems are funny, engaging, kind, generous-spirited, moving, clever, even childlike. It’s almost easy to forget he’s writing again and again about a world-wide pandemic, a bitterly-contested election, earth-threatening climate change—in short, the apocalypse.
Richard Tillinghast was born and raised in Memphis. After college at Sewanee, he did graduate work at Harvard. He’s the author of thirteen books of poetry and five of creative nonfiction. He has taught at Harvard, Berkeley, the College Program at San Quentin Prison, the University of Michigan, as well as at Trinity College Dublin and the Poets’ House in Ireland. He’s a founder and past Director of the Bear River Writers’ Conference in Northern Michigan. He currently lives in Hawaii and spends his summers in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Blue If Only I Could Tell You is a book of journeys and arrivals, of the many far and consequential places we might find ourselves… These are troubadour poems, wandering back in time and far in space, finding their tunes in a Southern childhood of farmland and fishing, in India, the American West, Hawaii, and Ireland, alert to “ghostings/ of rain” and to the astonishment of “apples falling through the Milky Way.” Tillinghast’s cadences feel deeply, richly, surprisingly true to life. And abundant in the heart’s intelligence. Blue If Only I Could Tell You won The White Pine Press Poetry prize.
Merle Lyn Bachman grew up in Albany, New York, the granddaughter of Yiddish-speaking immigrants. A poet who delights in writing prose and exploring the arbitrary boundaries between genres, Bachman has published four poetry books as well as poems and other writing in many journals including Talisman, Five Fingers Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Thank You for Being: A Poet’s Memoir of Home was published by Wet Cement Press. Still Glimmering, her translation of selected poems by the Yiddish poet Rosa Nevadovska, is forthcoming from Ben Yehuda Press in 2023. For more, visit https://www.merlebachman.com
Working from a rich personal archive of letters, journals, and poems, Bachman carries us into the questing journey of being a poet and a woman; what she calls, “A slender proposition that supports a glittering weight.” Thank You for Being becomes as much a model for exploring our own life as it is the record of its particular poet-memoirist. As Bachman explores the archive of writing she has kept for decades and finds images and clues to what her life means and what writing means in her life, she suggests a process that might begin with the writing of a single poem but doesn’t end until “the words sink into a patch of ground”—or become a book like this one.