Poets Kimberly Burwick and Elizabeth Bradfield

Poet Kimberly Burwick, alongside poet-naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield, join together to present Kimberly's 5th book of poems, Brightword, a stunning lyric meditation forged under the threat of child-loss. In the poems in Brightword the speaker, a mother, contemplates the microcosm and macrocosm of dissection. Physically, her son is at constant risk of a life-threatening cardiac event. Environmentally, her son is obsessed with nature and the threat of eco-catastrophes. Through lyric exchange, images become the principal of repose.

Also tonight we celebrate Bradfield's fourth collection, Toward Antarctica, which documents and queries her work as a guide on ships in Antarctica, offering an incisive insider's vision that challenges traditional tropes of The Last Continent. Inspired by haibun, a stylistic form of Japanese poetry invented by 17th-century poet, Matsuo Bashō to chronicle his journeys in remote Japan, Bradfield uses photographs, compressed prose, and short poems to examine our relationship to remoteness, discovery, expertise, awe, labor, temporary societies, "pure" landscapes, and tourism's service economy.

About the poets:

Kimberly Burwick was born and raised in Massachusetts. Burwick earned her BA in literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MFA in poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She is the author of five books of poetry including her new collection, Brightword, forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2019. She teaches at Colby-Sawyer College and lives in Meriden, New Hampshire. 

Writer/naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the Once Removed, Approaching IceInterpretive Work and Toward Antarctica, which combines her photographs with brief, hybrid essays. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she works as a naturalist/guide locally on Cape Cod as well as on expedition ships around the globe and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Brightword Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780887486517
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Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - November 23rd, 2019

Though none of us can predict our own futures, there are distinctive factors—individual and collective—that may forcibly turn our attention toward the uncertain.  In the poems in Brightword the speaker, a mother, contemplates the microcosm and macrocosm of dissection. Physically, her son is at constant risk of a life-threatening cardiac event.


Toward Antarctica Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597098861
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Published: Boreal Books - May 9th, 2019

Poet-naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield's fourth collection, Toward Antarctica, documents and queries her work as a guide on ships in Antarctica, offering an incisive insider's vision that challenges traditional tropes of The Last Continent.


Custody of the Eyes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780887486173
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Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - February 14th, 2017

These tightly wound lyrics examine the dark history of a dictatorship through the lens of motherhood while invoking the pastoral as a metaphor for loss, and the overwhelming human will to survive what has scarified us.


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