Join us for an evening of poetry with Portland poets Susan Leslie Moore and Ed Skoog and their new books, That Place Where You Opened Your Hands and Travelers Leaving for the City.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
That Place Where You Opened Your Hands: Celebrating the tension between what we imagine and what we know the world to be, Susan Leslie Moore’s debut collection, winner of the Juniper Prize in Poetry, moves between certainty and doubt, dead seriousness and determined playfulness. Exploring identity and the exterior and interior selves we create through the natural world, language, and relationships, the poems of That Place Where You Opened Your Hands bring the ordinary rhythms of life and motherhood into coexistence with wilder truths. As Moore writes, “If I can’t be singular / in purpose, let me be quietly adrift,” but these are not quiet poems.
Ed Skoog's Travelers Leaving for the City is a long song of arrivals and departures, centered around the murder of the poet’s grandfather in 1955 in a Pittsburgh hotel, exploring how such events frame memory, history and language for those they touch. The poems probe the anonymity of cities, and the crucible of travel. The historical impact of arousal, rage, regret, and forgiveness is seen in visions of interrogations and hotels. These poems explore how family bonds, and disruptions shape, the mind and language, all the while urging the reader to listen for traces of ancestors in one’s own mind and body.