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Eduardo Corral, Tyree Daye and Monica Sok

A conversation with EDUARDO CORRAL, Guillotine: Poems and TYREE DAYE, Cardinal, and MONICA SOK, A Nail the Evening Hangs on

Guillotine traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal's lingering scars, the border itself--great distances in which violence and yearning find roots. Through the voices of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and scorned lovers Corral writes dramatic portraits of contradiction, survival, and a deeply human, relentless interiority.

"Corral nimbly bridges the personal and political, evoking themes of migration to ask what it means to be unwanted."--The New York Times Book Review, New & Noteworthy

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, and a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches at North Carolina State University.  Guillotine is longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for poetry.

Cardinal:  A generous atlas that serves as a poetic "Green Book"-- the travel-cum-survival guide for black motorists negotiating racist America in the mid-twentieth century. Interspersed with images of Daye's family and upbringing, which have been deliberately blurred, it also serves as an imperfect family album. Cardinal traces the South's burdened interiors and the interiors of a black male protagonist attempting to navigate his many departures and returns home --a place that could both lovingly rear him and coolly annihilate him.  These are poems to be read aloud.

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the author of two poetry collections, River Hymns (APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner, 2017) and Cardinal (Copper Canyon Press, 2020).

A Nail the Evening Hangs on uses poetry to reshape a family's memory about the Khmer Rouge regime—memory that is both real and imagined—according to a child of refugees. Driven by myth-making and fables, the poems examine the inheritance of the genocide and the profound struggles of searing grief and PTSD. Though the landscape of Cambodia is always present, it is the liminal space, the in-betweenness of diaspora, in which younger generations must reconcile their history and create new rituals. This debut collection seeks to reclaim the Cambodian narrative with tenderness and an imagination that moves towards wholeness and possibility.

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of Year Zero winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Cardinal Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556595738
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 6th, 2020

Tyree Daye's Cardinal is a generous atlas that serves as a poetic "Green Book"-- the travel-cum-survival guide for black motorists negotiating racist America in the mid-twentieth century. Interspersed with images of Daye's family and upbringing, which have been deliberately blurred, it also serves as an imperfect family album.


Guillotine: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450307
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

The astonishing second collection by the author of Slow Lightning, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize


A Nail the Evening Hangs on Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556595608
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 25th, 2020

In her debut collection, Monica Sok uses poetry to reshape a family's memory about the Khmer Rouge regime--memory that is both real and imagined--according to a child of refugees. Driven by myth-making and fables, the poems examine the inheritance of the genocide and the profound struggles of searing grief and PTSD.