Steve Healey and Matthew Zapruder read from their poetry

Two great poets read from their work at Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Steve Healey and Matthew Zapruder share new poetry Saturday, March 26, at 7:30pm.

“Healey’s work demands that we betray our allegiance to poetry schools and simply appreciate his rich imagination.”–Bloomsbury Review

Fluid, lively, and referential, 10 Mississippi samples language from many cultural tributaries, performing sequels of celebrated twentieth-century poems, riffing on advertising slogans, tongue twisters, formulaic news reports, and everyone’s favorite twenty-six-letter sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Like the proverbial river that is never the same twice, Steve Healey’s poems channel the constant transformation of the modern world and embrace the human drama in a way that makes them a joy to read and revisit.

Steve Healey is the author of Earthling and most recently 10 Mississippi. His essays and criticism have appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle and Rain Taxi, and his poems have appeared in the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and the journals American Poetry Review, Boston Review, jubilat, and others. He currently divides his time between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and East Lansing, Michigan, where he teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan State University.

Come On All You Ghosts, Matthew Zapruder’s third book, mixes humor and invention with love and loss, as when the breath of a lover is compared to “a field of titanium gravestones / growing warmer in the sun.” The title poem is an elegy for the heroes and mentors in the poet’s life–from David Foster Wallace to the poet’s father. Zapruder’s poems are direct and surprising, and throughout the book he wrestles with the desire to do well, to make art, and to face the vast events of the day.

“Zapruder’s innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments…. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal

Matthew Zapruder is the author of two previous books, including The Pajamaist, which won the William Carlos Williams Award and was honored by Library Journal with a “Best Poetry Book of the Year” listing. He lives in San Francisco and is an editor at Wave Books.

Details are here.–David E