Richard Hoffman, J.D. Scrimgeour & D. Nurkse

Richard Hoffman's new collection is Noon Until Night. This powerful collection of poems encompasses over a half century of living, from his childhood to his grandson’s childhood, from his early love of letters and words to his grandson reaching out with joy for a blank sheet of paper.  In between, we see the accounting one must face with a parent, the shifting winds of marriage, the pith of life in even its smallest, most telling moments.

Richard Hoffman is author of the Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections, Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and Emblem. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. His new memoir, Love & Fury, is just out from Beacon Press. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.

Searching for the forms that best fit our lives, Lifting the Turtle explores the idea of community, how we might find it-in places, people and poetry-but also how it can damage and ostracize. In verse humane and honed, J.D. Scrimgeour balances the tension between our sense of being the outsider looking in and our desire for connection.

J.D. Scrimgeour is a writer who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. His personal essays and poetry often focus on class and education, exploring what constitutes authentic learning in the exchange between student and teacher. Learning was a major theme in Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class, which won the AWP Award for Nonfiction, and his work on the subject has appeared in The Boston GlobeMagazineThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThought & ActionOff the Coast, and Organica.

In D. Nurkse's wood of Morois, the Forest of Love, there's a fine line between the real and the imaginary, the archaic and the actual, poetry and news. The poems feature the voices of the lovers and all parties around them, including the servant Brangien; Tristan's horse, Beau Joueur; even the living spring that flows through the tale ("in my breathing shadow / the lovers hear their voices / confused with mine / promising a slate roof, / a gate, a child . . . "). Nurkse brings us an Iseult who has more power than she wants over Tristan's imagination, and a Tristan who understands his fate early on: "That charm was so strong, no luck could free us." For these lovers, time closes like a book, but it remains open for us as we hear both new tones and familiar voices, eerily like our own, in this age-old story made new again.

D. Nurkse is the author of ten previous books of poetry. His recent prizes include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship. He has also written on human rights.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
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ISBN: 9780997318449
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Published: Barrow Street Press - April 15th, 2017

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Published: Turning Point - October 17th, 2017

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 12th, 2017