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Classics and Cocktails with Paisley Rekdal
The Washington Center for the Book and the Washington Library Association present an evening Happy Hour with poet Paisley Rekdal. Registration required.

Winner of the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Poetry, Nightingale is a book about transformation. By radically rewriting myths central to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Paisley Rekdal contemporizes Ovid’s tropes of violence, dismemberment, silence, and fragmentation.

Rekdal will discuss the enduring power and relevance of Ovid and his Metamorphoses today, while also reading some poems from Nightingale and sharing a favorite cocktail recipe or two.

Rekdal is the author of three works of nonfiction, including The Broken Country: On Trauma, A Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam, and six collections of poetry, most recently Nightingale. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets, among others. She teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah’s poet laureate.

This event is presented by the Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library) and the Washington Library Association. The event is free and will be presented on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the event link. The event will be recorded and can be accessed on SPL's YouTube channel.

A series of connected poems trace the continuing effects of sexual violence and rape on survivors, where nightmares mix with images of empathy, and hope emerges from the dark forest of memory. Rekdal’s characters change and change again, not by divine intervention but through human events: illness, injury, love, creation. Is transformation punishment or reward? How does language name, and fail to name, that which permanently changes us? Nightingale boldly sings of our mutable world, where we each wake into something terrifyingly new.

Sep 15, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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