Poet Barbara Crooker, Les Fauves

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Poet Barbara Crooker, Les Fauves Sunday, February 18, 2pm Les Fauves is, as the title suggests, a collection of ekphrastic poetry, meditations on paintings from the Fauve and Post-Impressionist movements. But it also contains poetry’s equivalent to Fauvism, poems that take a walk on the wild side. There are language experiment poems, poems of word play, poems in form both usual (end rhymes, sonnets, ghazals) and unusual (abecedaries, traditional, embedded, and double helix), palindromes, anagrams, and word scrambles. Crazy word salad poems. Crooker’s subjects range widely, from living and working in a small village in the South of France, love in a long-term relationship, food as more than sustenance, faith in a secular age, grammar and usage, the pains and pleasures of the aging body. But always, what engages her most is what it means to be human on this fragile planet, at this time in our troubled history, still believing that “Beauty will save the world.” (Fyodor Dostoevsky). Barbara Crooker’s first collection, Radiance, won the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and was also a finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize. Her second book, Line Dance (Word Press, 2008) won The Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence. C & R Press published her third book, More, in 2010. Barbara Crooker: Selected Poems (FutureCycle Press) came out in 2015; Les Fauves is her seventh full-length collection. Among her awards are the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the WB Yeats Society of NY Poetry Prize, three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in literature, and writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; the Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France; and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. Her work is included in The Bedford Introduction to Literature and The Bedford Introduction to Poetry, and she has given readings all over the country, including The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, The Library of Congress, The Festival of Faith and Writing, and Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium.

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