Virtual Poetrio: Paul Jones, Aruni Kashyap, Pat Riviere-Seel

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Image shows a green border around a white box containing the text: Virtual Poetrio: Paul Jones, Aruni Kashyap, Pat Riviere-Seel. Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. 4 PM ET. Next to the text are photos of the poets and the covers of their books SOMETHING WONDERFUL, THERE IS NO GOOD TIME FOR BAD NEWS, AND WHEN THERE WERE HORSES.

Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month, we welcome Paul Jones, Aruni Kashyap, Pat Riviere-Seel!

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Pat Riviere-Seel is the author of three poetry collections, including Nothing Below but Air (2014), The Serial Killer’s Daughter (2009), which won the Roanoke-Chowan Award, and No Turning Back Now (2004). She taught poetry classes for UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program for 15 years before moving to Yancey County in 2019. She served as the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Distinguished Poet in the Western Region from 2016-2018. In 2017 she received the “Charlie Award” from the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. Before earning her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, she worked as a newspaper journalist, editor, publicist, and lobbyist for nonprofit organizations in the Maryland State House. For more, visit https://patriviereseel.com

“I choose this earth that breaks / my heart again and again”, Pat Riviere-Seel writes. When There Were Horses addresses the ways in which we can do that, while acknowledging that, “it cannot last, of course”. Circling around “what to tell” and “the truth we didn’t dare” in quiet, beautifully-honed lines, Riviere-Seel brings readers with her through loss after loss to the knowledge that “further out is the only way back.” These poems come from a poet at the height of her powers, able to swim into deep pools of the senses and the deeper pools of understanding, subtle and complex as multiple ripples spreading and rebounding on the surface of a pond. These are poems to come for the pure pleasure in words and rhythms and play, then return again and again, for the intimate whisperings of a truer life under the surfaces of things.

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Aruni Kashyap is a writer and translator. He is the author of His Father’s Disease (Context/ Westland Books India, 2019; Flipped Eye Books, UK) and the novel The House with a Thousand Stories (Viking/ Penguin Random House, 2013). He has also translated from Assamese and introduced celebrated Indian writer Indira Goswami's last work of fiction, The Bronze Sword of Thengphakhri Tehsildar (Zubaan Books, 2013). He won the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing to the University of Edinburgh, and his poetry collection, There is No Good Time for Bad News (Future Cycle Press, 2021) was a finalist for the 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and 2018 Four Way Books Levis Award in Poetry. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Catapult, Bitch Media, The Boston Review, Electric Literature, The Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, The Guardian UK, and others. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, Athens. He also writes in Assamese, and his first Assamese novel is Noikhon Etia Duroit (Panchajanya Books, 2019). For more, visit https://www.arunikashyap.com

There is No Good Time for Bad News opens in a country ravaged by prolonged political conflict. Told in the voices of survivors, it introduces the reader to a wide array of characters: the local police precinct summons a woman after three decades to identify the body of her insurgent son among recovered bodies; a soldier lives through nightmares about the war he fought forty years ago; a woman writes a letter to her insurgent lover; and an ordinary citizen, through an open letter, challenges the child-killing insurgents to kill her. At once vignettes and urgent pleas, these are stories as much as they are poems. Zooming through wars, protest marches, and conflicts, they show what it means to live under the duress of prolonged violence.

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Paul Jones has published poetry in many journals including the Southern Poetry Review, Ohio Review, Georgia Review, Ironwood, River Heron Review, Broadkill Review, as well as in cookbooks, travel anthologies, collections about passion, love, and The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 - Present (from Scribner). Recently, he was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two Best of the Web Awards. His chapbook is What the Welsh and Chinese Have in Common. A manuscript of his poems crashed on the moon’s surface in 2019. Jones is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers Network, a Board Member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, and a member of the Carrboro Poets Council. In November 2021, he was inducted into the NC State Computer Science Hall of Fame. For more, visit http://smalljones.com

Something Wonderful embodies a vast, intimate terrain. These poems listen back through lenses of nature, variations of joy, sorrow, mischief, surrender, death, and a few constellations of mystery in between. Paul Jones perches the reader in limbs that were empty choir lofts. From this vantage point of his lyrical universe we experience the space between dreams, new worlds created by old words spoken, odes to tubers, donuts, and the magical everydayness of where poetry lives and is sustained. Something Wonderful offers poetics that are accessible, language that stirs memory, and imagery that overflows cups meant to constrain. This new collection by Paul Jones makes us swoon to a song about “a world where nothing that is cut bleeds.”

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When There Were Horses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781599488851
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Published: Main Street Rag - September 21st, 2021

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Published: Futurecycle Press - April 5th, 2021

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Published: Main Street Rag - March 14th, 2015

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