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Join Porter Square Books to kick off National Poetry Month with readings from Courtney LeBlanc and Brandon Melendez!
Love isn't always pretty, yet most of us choose to remain constant in its pursuit. These poems unwrap the mythos of romance with the clairvoyance of a writer who knows the best and worst of relationships inside and out. In Beautiful & Full of Monsters, LeBlanc dares to honestly show us how even when the best of intentions fail, we can always find beauty if we stay true to the monsters in ourselves.
In Brandon Melendez's debut poetry collection, Gold That Frames the Mirror, nothing sung can truly be lost. Orbiting a daisy-chain of fascinations that range from heritage & family to grief, music, & mental illness, these poems want to know what "home" means, even when the answers can seem too blood-bright to bear staring at. Yet do not mistake Melendez for a poet of an uncomplicated sadness: even when he writes of deep loss, there is the possibility of wonder & joy. Drawing from a wellspring of profound bewilderment present in his images as well as how language assumes--or is assumed by--form, Melendez knows poetry, like home, is something we carry with us in our bodies. Every certainty and every wonderment in Gold That Frames the Mirror is come by honestly and with Melendez's unwavering & tender scrutiny. Here is a book haunted by history but never in service of it. Here is a book that wants to know what comes after elegy, when the gods slink back into their heavens, when we are only left with the names of our dead & the good, dark earth. Melendez offers something like a prayer against overlooking the past & to remember where the gold came from. After all, "Anywhere can become you / once you forget / how you got there."
Courtney LeBlanc is the author of Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press). She has her MBA from University of Baltimore and her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her publications on her blog: www.wordperv.com. Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79.
Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet from California. He is the author of 'Gold That Frames The Mirror' (Write Bloody 2019). He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and the current Champion of Champions at the Boston Poetry Slam. He has been awarded the 2018 Djanikian Scholarship from the Adroit Journal, the 2018 Academy of American Poets Award, and the 2019 Academy of American Poets Award. His poems can be found in Black Warrior Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Shenandoah, PANK, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston where he earned an MFA from Emerson College.