Three nationally recognized poets will bring their tour of the Pacific Northwest to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
At “Spring Into Words,” Geffrey Davis, Keetje Kuipers, and Erika Meitner will read poems from their newest collections, which share their fresh perspectives on everything from fly fishing and Walmart shopping to gun violence and a complicated love for one’s country.
Keetje Kuipers, an island resident, will kick things off by reading from her new book, “All Its Charms.”
The book chronicles her decision to become a single mother by choice, and her marriage to the woman she loved.
“These are poems that do their work in that tense space between the private lives we strive for, where we are working to create a loving world in which to raise our children, and the shared realities we face each time we check the news on our phones; a planet on the brink of environmental catastrophe and a country that has turned its back when it should be throwing open its arms,” said Kuipers, senior editor at the Seattle-based literary journal Poetry Northwest.
“None of us is alone in this tightrope that we walk. These are fraught times, and sometimes only a poem can make sense of them.”
“All Its Charms” has been widely and highly praised.
“Keetje Kuipers’s poems are daring, formally beautiful, and driven by rich imagery and startling ideas,” said U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.
Kuipers is the author of three books of poetry. Her work has been published in more than 100 magazines, including in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies, read on “The Writer’s Almanac,” and honored with a Wallace Stegner fellowship, Bread Loaf fellowship, and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency.
Tickets are available now; $7 for BIMA members and $10 for non-members. To purchase visit www.biartmuseum.org.
Davis’ new book “Night Angler” won the 2018 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and reads as an evolving love letter and meditation on what it means to raise an American family.
In poems of deep gratitude and wonder, Davis delivers a heart-strong prayer for the messy success of breaking through trauma to create new models of fatherhood.
“This is the book I want to give to all the parents in my life so they can see their own struggles and songs and be reminded that the lessons we offer our children are often the ones we need most,” said poet Traci Brimhall of “Night Angler.”
Meitner’s latest book, “Holy Moly Carry Me,” won the 2018 Jewish Book Award and is a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and takes readers into the heart of Appalachia — its highways and strip malls, its fragility and danger — and wrestles with racial tensions, religious identity, gun violence, raising children, and the anxieties of life in the 21st century.
“Meitner’s poems hit the perfect note between light and dark, the whimsical and the tragic,” said National Book Critics Circle member Anjali Enjeti.