Poets Oliver de la Paz and Jeffrey Thomson

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, 6 p.m.

Join Gibson's for an evening of poetry as Oliver de la Paz (The Boy in the Labyrinth) and Jeffrey Thomson (Half/Life: New & Selected Poems) present their newest volumes of verse.

In a long sequence of prose poems, questionnaires, and standardized tests, de la Paz's The Boy in the Labyrinth interrogates the language of autism and the language barriers between parents, their children, and the fractured medium of science and school. Structured as a Greek play, the book opens with a parents' earnest quest for answers, understanding, and doubt.

Poems radiate a love for life, the world, and the temporal nature of existence. Roots of memory and nostalgia become the architecture of the mind as Thomson explores the past to better grasp the future, in Half/Life.

 

About the poets:

Oliver de la Paz is the author of five books of poetry and coedited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member of Kundiman, he teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low Residency MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran.

Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and is the author of multiple books including the memoir fragile, The Belfast Notebooks, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and the edited collection From the Fishouse. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen's University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Half/Life: New & Selected Poems Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781948579049
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Published: Alice James Books - October 22nd, 2019

Poems radiate a love for life, the world, and the temporal nature of existence. Roots of memory and nostalgia become the architecture of the mind as Thomson explores the past to better grasp the future. Featured books in the collection focus on desire, language, and landscape; while others explore loss in the context of myth, sexuality, violence, politics, and community.


The Boy in the Labyrinth: Poems Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781629221724
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Akron Press - July 30th, 2019

In a long sequence of prose poems, questionnaires, and standardized tests, The Boy in the Labyrinth interrogates the language of autism and the language barriers between parents, their children, and the fractured medium of science and school. Structured as a Greek play, the book opens with a parents' earnest quest for answers, understanding, and doubt.


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