SUNDRY POETS: Steve Cushman, Mike Gaspeny, Dee Stribling
It's Poetry Sunday!
From Greensboro, North Carolina, Steve Cushman has previously published four works of fiction. How Birds Fly is his first full-length poetry collection, and is the winner of the 2018 Lena Shull Book Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society.
Mike Gaspeny has won the Randall Jarrell poetry prize and the O. Henry Festival Short Story Competition. Re-Write Men focuses on story-oriented, character-centered poems inspired by the mystical, the unexplainable, and the unknown.
Newly named the Hillsborough Poet Laureate, Dee Stribling has written a poetry chapbook in tribute to the memory of beloved friends and places embodying the strength, struggle, and tender beauty of rural North Carolina.
This event will be moderated by poet Jo Taylor.
"How Birds Fly" wrestles with fundamental questions of how to adapt to the various roles in which we may find ourselves over the course of a lifetime--that of child, of spouse, of parent. There's nothing coy or hesitating about this collection. Each turn is as unexpected as it is precise, each image as emotionally resonant as it is intellectually complex.
Re-Write Men is packed with story-oriented, character-centered poems inspired by omens, haunted neighborhoods, and hospice patients reviewing their lives and seeing into the next world as they confront fate. Most of these slices of life crackle with drama in which opponents struggle toward revelation and characters deal with antagonistic dimensions of themselves.