Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 7 p.m.
A poetry event for National Poetry Month! Poet Dan Chiasson joins us to present his collection of poems about boys and boyhood.
Bicentennial summons the world of Chiasson’s seventies childhood
in Vermont: early VCRs, snow, erections, pizza, snowmobiles,
high-school cliques, and the Bicentennial celebration, but his book is
also an elegy for his father, whom he never knew and who died in 2009.
In these poems, Chiasson movingly revisits the kind of autobiographical
poems he wrote as a young man, but with a new existential awareness that
individuals are always vanishing in time, and throughout the collection
he ponders time’s conundrums. “All of history, even the Romans, / they
happen later, tonight sleep tight,” he tells his sons at bedtime.
“You’ll learn this later. Tonight, goodnight.” In the topsy-turvy world
of Bicentennial, history has both happened and is waiting to
happen; boys grow up to be men; men never forget what it is to be boys;
and fatherhood is the best answer to fatherlessness.
Can't make the event? Call us (603-224-0562) or email (email@example.com) to have us put a book aside for you to have signed.