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National Poetry Month with award-winning poet Roger Reeves!

April 7, 2022 @ 5:30 pm


This event is April 7 from 5:30-6:30pm, Location CTLM 102, and by Zoom

National Poetry Month with the poet Roger Reeves!
Join us in celebrating award-winning poet Roger Reeves’ new book, “Best Barbarian”—a mesmerizing second collection from Reeves (King Me) reflects intergenerational racial trauma and personal tragedy with a remarkable balance of acute feeling and lyrical precision. These poems powerfully allude to the ways in which racial atrocity is sewn into the fabric of America. His poems move across time and space, referencing the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 Birmingham (which killed four children), all the way to a biblical fable of a man named Ezra as Reeves’ guide, encountering the spirits of formerly enslaved people and giving voice to the impulse of rebellion against the white supremacist state. With vivid images and haunting, evocative language, Reeves memorably places the reader in the space where life and death intersect (Publishers Weekly).

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a 2015 Whiting Award, among other honors. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. He is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.


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