Building Bridges Poetry Book Club In-Person
Read and discuss a book of poems with others who appreciate poetry and like to take a closer look at form, structure, and craft. Discussions will be lively and interactive, and participants will have a chance to share thoughts and ask questions. Come prepared to read favorite poems, lines, and passages from the book aloud. Participants can request a copy of the book during the registration process.
December's selection is Winter Recipes from the Collective by Louise Gluck. The discussion will be led by David Booth.
Louise Glück’s thirteenth book is among her most haunting. Here as in The Wild Iris there is a chorus, but the speakers are entirely human, simultaneously spectral and ancient. Winter Recipes from the Collective is chamber music, an invitation into that privileged realm small enough for the individual instrument to make itself heard, dolente, its line sustained, carried, and then taken up by the next instrument, spirited, animoso, while at the same time being large enough to contain a whole lifetime, the inconceivable gifts and losses of old age, the little princesses rattling in the back of a car, an abandoned passport, the ingredients of an invigorating winter sandwich, a sister’s death, the joyful presence of the sun, its brightness measured by the darkness it casts.
“Some of you will know what I mean,” the poet says, by which she means, some of you will follow me. Hers is the sustaining presence, the voice containing all our lifetimes, “all the worlds, each more beautiful than the last.” This magnificent book couldn’t have been written by anyone else, nor could it have been written by the poet at any other time in her life.
David Booth is a poet and a high school teacher for Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco. Simi Press published his first book of poems, Too Bright to See, in 2021. He blogs at www.sacredpedestrians.com. He lives in SF with his wife Ingrid Hawkinson and their Calico, Bella.
In collaboration with the Marin Poetry Center
- Monday, December 18, 2023
- 6:30pm - 7:30pm
- Time Zone:
- Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
- Conference Room