Poetry Reading | Brooke Matson and Laura Read
Two Spokane poets will read from their new poetry collections, Brooke Matson from her book In Accelerated Silence, coming out in February from Milkweed, and Laura Read from her book Dresses from the Old Country, published in fall of 2018.
Brooke Matson’s second collection poetry, In Accelerated Silence, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the Jake Adam York Prize and is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in February 2020. Matson’s poems have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, and Copper Nickel. She resides in Spokane.
Laura Read is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (Floating Bridge Press, 2011). She served as poet laureate for Spokane, Washington from 2015-17 and teaches at Spokane Falls Community College.
In Laura Read's second poetry collection, the former poet laureate of Spokane, WA, weaves past and present together to create a portrait of a life in progress.
This collection is divided into three sections. The first opens with the speaker’s reflections on her childhood loss of her father and subsequent move to a new house and a new life, a life in which she is always alert to the absences and danger but also a life in which she begins to see language as a kind of salvation.$16.00ISBN: 9781571315151Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Milkweed Editions - February 11th, 2020
"The thin knife that severed your tumor," writes Brooke Matson in these poems, "it cleaves me still." What to do when a world is split--terribly, wholly--by grief? When the loss of the beloved undermines the most stable foundations, the most sacred spaces, of that world?