Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Join Gibson's Bookstore as we welcome back poet Martha Carlson-Bradley, presenting her newest volume of verse, Begin with Trouble: Poems Inspired by the 1727 New England Primer.
The poems of Begin with Trouble often lift, erase, disarrange, or subvert the language of the 1727 New-England Primer — a book read by children in New England and beyond throughout the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth. Whole communities, whole generations of children were introduced both to reading and to a world view that asserted "our God is a consuming Fire." In Begin with Trouble, Carlson-Bradley captures different voices in these communities, from children struggling with class and mortality, duty and the afterlife, to a Native American survivor of internment and an enslaved young man from Africa. The connotations of the book as a physical object also speak throughout Begin with Trouble — as does the twenty-first-century narrator, who discovers that archives contain timeless messages of desire, fear, regret, and an enduring need for human connection.
Martha Carlson-Bradley is the author of several collections of poetry: Begin with Trouble (Hobblebush, 2017), Sea Called Fruitfulness (WordTech Editions, 2013), If I Take You Here (Adastra Press, 2011), Season We Can't Resist (WordTech Editions, 2007), Beast at the Hearth (Adastra Press, 2005), and Nest Full of Cries (Adastra Press, 2000). Her poems have been published in many literary magazines, including LA Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Valparaiso Review, Salamander, New England Review, and Zone 3. Her awards include the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, a grant-in-aid from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Gretchen Warren Award from the New England Poetry Club. She also has extensive teaching experience. She has a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and a BA in English from Salem State College. She is also a professional editor specializing in literary works.
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