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Poetry Night with Callie Siskel & Claire Wahmanholm

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Does loss define us, or do we define loss? Tracing the duality of grief as it reverberates through a family, Callie Siskel wrestles with questions of identity and inheritance in precise, lucid poetry. Two Minds indulges and therefore exposes the vanity of turning private pain into art and the pursuit of self-revelation. Drawing on ekphrasis, ars poetica, and the prose poem, Siskel expands the elegiac genre as she oscillates between childhood and adulthood, art and mythology, as well as the natural and domestic world. At once cerebral and emotional, Two Minds is an essential meditation on the ways that loss cleaves and doubles our perceptive power.
Callie Siskel is the author of the debut collection of poems Two Minds (W. W. Norton). Her poetry appears in The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and the New York Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a poetry editor at the Los Angeles Review Books.

“Once there were oarfish, opaleyes, olive flounders. Once the oxbows were not overrun with nitrogen.” Part requiem, part bedtime story, Meltwater narrates the awful possibility of doom as well as the grim temptation to numb ourselves to it. Prose poems melt into erasures, erasures swell into lush catalogs. Within this formal ebb and flow, Claire Wahmanholm explores both abundance and annihilation, giving shape and music to our shared human anxieties. What does it mean to bring children into a world like this one? A world where grenades are “the only kind of fruit we can still name”? Where “lightning can strike over / and over without boredom or belief and nothing / is saved”? Where losses, both ecological and personal, proliferate endlessly?
Here, a parent’s joy is accompanied by the gnaw of remorse. And yet, Wahmanholm recognizes, children bind us to the world—to its missiles and marvels, to the possibility that there is indeed grace worth “suffer[ing] the empty universe for.”
If we are going to worry, let us also at least wonder. If we are going to be seized by terror, let us also be “seized by the topaz sky and the breeze through it.” A glittering, kinetic testament to vanishing—of biodiversity, of climate stability, of a sense of safety—Meltwater is both vindication and balm.
Claire Wahmanholm is the author of Wilder (Milkweed Editions 2018), Redmouth (Tinderbox Editions 2019), and, most recently, Meltwater (Milkweed Editions 2023), which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She was a 2020-2021 McKnight Writing Fellow, and her poem “Glacier” won the 2021 Montreal International Poetry Prize. She lives in St. Paul.

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Date:
August 1
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.magersandquinn.com/event/Poetry-Night/358

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Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave,
Minneapolis,MN55408United States
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Phone:
6128224611
Website:
magersandquinn.com

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