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Poetrio Readings and Booksignings: Donna Lisle Burton, Alice Osborn, Erica Wright

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Poetrio Readings and Booksignings: Donna Lisle Burton, Alice Osborn, Erica Wright

Time: June 3, 2012 from 3pm to 4pm
Location: Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Street: 55 Haywood Street
City/Town: Asheville, NC 28801
Website or Map: http://www.malaprops.com
Phone: 828-254-6734
Event Type: reading, and, booksigning
Organized By: Malaprop's Bookstore Cafe
Latest Activity: Jun 2, 2012

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The monthly poetry series at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe continues with June Poetrio readers Lisle Burton (Letting Go), Alice Osborn (After the Steaming Stops), and Erica Wright (Instructions for Killing the Jackal).  This event is free and open to the public.

Of Donna Lisle Burton's third collection of poems, Letting Go, award-winning Asheville poet Pat Riviere-Seel has written, “Do not be misled by the title: once you start reading, there will be no Letting Go [sic].”  North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers has offered this additional appreciation: “Reading the poems of Donna Lisle Burton is like happening upon a cache of tender and beautifully crafted love letters.  Among the objects of her most intimate affections are lovers both old and new – parents and siblings and children; students and friends; flowers and bridges and mills.  And, finally, her luckiest of lovers, whoever might open the pages of this exquisite book.” 

After the Steaming Stops is Alice Osborn's most recent collection of poetry.  It seems a book more of broken dream than of new or unexpected ones.  There is no sentimentality in the face of death, departures, endings: “Loss reminds you about change, / and what you are willing to throw away.”  The funeral of a princess becomes backdrop for a more intimate loss, and tears betray determination more than grief: “… I cry for another death coming. // It’s time for me to move out of his place, / tell him what he’s afraid to say, / and take his fat cat and a few towels in the parting.”  Before the fierceness of nature and life, love becomes fierce -- but after the fact, and nearly as helpless as the child who declared, “I’ll find my own way!” -- and bicycled off as a tornado approached, “no clue dueling cyclones ate children / near the road he and Daddy drive on every day to school.”

The imagery, settings, and situations in Erica Wright's Instructions for Killing the Jackal often recall the elements of tall tales – but tales whose paths soon wind toward mythical landscapes, the unsettling territory and characters of fables, a realm of constant metamorphosis and of faith mingled with superstition.  The poem “Rome Affords No Prey” begins this way: “After swimming for days / in the sea, I am thirsty, // and salt has made my body / crystal – fine and resistant.”  The poem “Hunting Woods” concludes with these lines:  “Wolves and wayward girls / end up here, one way or the other.”  Elsewhere we encounter this invitation: “Let’s go down to the cemetery and watch alligators.”

Let’s all gather for Poetrio this Sunday at 3:00 p.m., and let’s see if, as the speaker declares in one of Erica Wright’s poems, “… it’s easier to believe out there // where coyotes wail like infants / and snakes think they can come / through the screen door big as day.”

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