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A poetry reading with Emily O’Neill and Brandon Amico
Join Brandon and Emily as they read from their new poetry collections. A discussion and book signing will follow!
About the Books:
Disappearing, Inc. interrogates our fragmented and relentless moment in American history, one that constantly breaks down the self in order to analyze and assign value to our constituent parts—what poet Michael Bazzett (author of The Interrogation and You Must Remember This from Milkweed Editions) calls “the media-technogasm of 21st century capitalism” in his praise for Amico’s poems, which “crackle with energy as they joke and juke their way to exploring what it means to live a fully human life” today. Tackling everything from dying bees and a crumbling climate to technology, self-worth, and self-preservation, Disappearing, Inc. marks the arrival of an energetic, urgent voice in American poetry. “Amico’s lines rattle with wit, uncanny phrasing, up-to-the-minute diction, and a mischievous voice that both astonishes and consoles,” says Yale Younger Poets Prize winner and CantoMundo fellow Eduardo C. Corral. “His vision is enthralling and memorable.”
a falling knife has no handle is a love letter to indulgence, both of the palate and the heart. The poems collected here offer a reluctant romantic’s guide to trusting that what’s on the menu will be enough. They ask how much time it takes to earn the comfort of food and companionship, how do we portion what we want, and who will be waiting for us at the table when the meal is finally garnished and ready to serve. Whether rich or rustic, each piece, every morsel is available for study down to its smallest component and savored for the way it is layered. No cocktail goes un-drunk, no dish left unconquered. These poems ask what we most want to taste and help us find our way back to that perfect plate. Find here the body and all it begs of us: hunger / thirst / decadence / deprivation / witness / retreat / relief. Where there is love, there waits a feast.
About the Authors
Brandon Amico is the author of Disappearing, Inc. (Gold Wake Press, 2019) and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for 2019. His writing has appeared in many journals in both print and online, such as The Adroit Journal, AGNI, Blackbird, Kenyon Review, New Ohio Review, The Rumpus, and Verse Daily, and he is the recipient of both a Regional Artist Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Southern Humanities Review Hoepfner Literary Award for Poetry.
Emily O'Neill teaches writing and tends bar in Boston, MA. Her second poetry collection, a falling knife has no handle, came out in fall 2018 from YesYes Books. Her debut poetry collection, Pelican, was the inaugural winner of YesYes Books' Pamet River Prize for women and genderqueer writers, as well as the winner of the 2016 Devil's Kitchen Reading Series in Poetry. O'Neill is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently baby on bar from Ghost City Press. Her recent poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Cutbank, Gramma, Pinwheel, Redivider, Salt Hill, and Washington Square, among many others.