Join us May 26th at 7:30 PM EST for a virtual reading with three of our featured authors: Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, and Matt W. Miller. They will be reading from their poetry collections recently published by the Texas Review Press in Spring 2021.
Her Read, a graphic poem by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is an artifact of erasure at once poetry and visual art. In the tradition of reusing canvases, Steinorth takes a seminal text, The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read and with the liberal use of correction fluid, scalpel and embroidery floss, transforms the book from art criticism into feminist verse. Though the maternal body appears with frequency in Read’s illustrated text which spans from prehistory to the modern age, he includes zero female artists. Her Read, a graphic poem is an excavation of buried voices, a reclamation of bodies framed in gilt and an homage to those whose arts remain unsung.
Part reckoning, part renewal, part redemption, part rebirth, the poems in Tortillera by Caridad Moro-Gronlier come clean, but more than that, they guide, reveal and examine larger considerations: the role of language on gender its subsequent roles, the heartrending consequences of compulsory heterosexuality, as well as the patriarchal stamp emblazoned on the Cuban diaspora. The work contained in Tortillera befits its audacious title—bold, original and utterly without shame. Winner of The TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series: Florida
“Matt W. Miller’s Tender the River is a powerful, endlessly compelling book. You will find many things here, poems of transformation, poems of childhood, beautiful songs and spell-binding narratives. But what moved me most is the way Miller speaks about his country, its history, its anger and guilt. Argument with someone else is a rhetoric, argument with yourself is poetry, Yeats taught. Miller knows this crucial lesson. His poetics of Americana gives us a reckoning and also a knowledge that more reckoning is to come. He looks at the myth of American history and asks: what is real, and is anything real in the late empire? His answers are lyric, honest self-questioning. And, what is more: he does this not via flat proclamations but via music, via skillful storytelling, via vivid, sensual, memorable speech. This is an important book.”
—Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa