I'll be reading with poet
Austin Alexis on August 10th in Brooklyn:
The Lunar Walk Reading Series:
Sunday August 10th at 4p.
Two Moon Art House & Cafe
315 4th Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets,
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Fresh Poetry (poetry and poetry in progress)
Bored-o-Ed (essays on education)
Indie Theology (essays on religion)
on Black Irish
On Black Irish
"Seventy years later, an ocean removed from the churchyard stone where Yeats' epitaph is carved, Michele Madigan Somerville dares to cast a cold eye on life, on death. But she looks deeper: rather than merely sing ”whatever is well made," Black Irish celebrates all that Somerville finds fragile or wounded or broken; neither embalming nor romanticizing the past, these astounding, untrammeled poems excavate & reclaim histories--sacred, pagan, singular, tribal--one might have thought irretrievable. By turns elegiac, amorous, expansive, lapidary, Juvenalian, & vulnerable, Black Irish melds an almost classical austerity with an emotional immediacy that is breathtaking. Too brave & exact an artist not to be drawn toward her own private Byzantium, Somerville's ultimate domain remains "the foul rag & bone shop of the heart"--castoff turtles, mermaid brothers, Brooklyn Christmas trees--familiar & wondrous at once. Where else can poetry go?"
Mike Sweeney author of In Memory of the Fast Break