Poet Zach Savich, Daybed, & Novelist Hilary Plum, Strawberry Fields

at in store on 03/13/2018, 07:00 pm
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"Greensboro", NC
Poet Zach Savich, "Daybed" & Novelist Hilary Plum, "Strawberry Fields" Poet Zach Savich, Daybed, & Novelist Hilary Plum, Strawberry Fields Tuesday, March 13, 7pm Through intent observation and fractured glances, the poems in Daybed make everyday elements—yard, bicycle, sidewalk, and breeze—feel elemental. Their consideration of longing, convalescence, and the pleasures of ordinary astonishment is both environmental and emotional. Savich's dedication to attentive, restless lyricism shows what it might look like to at once "say this is heaven / and there is no heaven." Daybed lives in that contradiction's autumnal warmth. Zach Savich's recent books include the memoir Diving Makes the Deep Water (Rescue Press, 2016) and the poetry collections The Orchard Green and Every Color and Century-Swept Brutal (Black Ocean, 2014). His latest book is Daybed (Black Ocean, 2018). He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and co-edits Rescue Press's Open Prose Series. Strawberry Fields: Much of what is read as news is fake; still the real news is, at its very best, partial. At the heart of Strawberry Fields is the storied figure of the journalist, who despairs of accountability yet must accept its disorienting weight. This is a global fiction; these shapeshifting journalists together demonstrate the ethics of reading and writing “news from elsewhere.” An antidote to the normalization wielded upon us by narrative, Hilary Plum crafts with dizzying invention a recursive disorientation of stories starting over and over again, without conclusion. The fragmentation of these harrowing truths, ripped from the headlines, is a reprieve; at least it’s not really “happening,” like normal fictions do, simulacra at the speed of life, not really “happening,” at least not at the rate of narrativity. Oh, but it is. This fiction jumps through genres, destabilizing players and circumstances: revolutionary Ireland, Iraq in the midst of US invasion, and Pakistan during years of drone warfare, an eating disorder clinic, a farming community in the midst of pesticide poisoning, the plight of a journalist imprisoned in Mexico. Our throughline is the recurring story of a reporter, Alice, and a detective, Modigliani: together they failed to solve a crime that occurred years ago amid the chaos of a hurricane, and we find them now piecing together the stories of five murdered veterans of the war in Iraq. Making up nothing, or everything, all around the globe these horrors go on daily. Hilary Plum is the author of the work of nonfiction Watchfires (Rescue Press, 2016) and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). Recent prose and criticism have appeared in Full Stop, Bookforum, Poetry Northwest, the Seneca Review, and elsewhere. With Zach Savich she edits Rescue Press's Open Prose Series. She is a professor at Cleveland State University where she also helps run the CSU Poetry Center.

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