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Poetry Reading with Amber West and Kelly Terwilliger
April 10, 2019 –
Wednesday April 10th 7:00pm
Poetry Reading with
Amber West and Kelly Terwilliger
Tearing into our ugliness to find beauty, tearing open the “known” to find mystery, the muscular voice of poet Amber West exposes our contemporary madness and looks for the cure. Through persona poems from a dizzying array of characters, Hen & God becomes a portrait of life in America now, unflinching and loving and bold. The scope of suffering that West addresses will stun the reader, but her linguistic skill makes this an exhilarating rather than a despairing exploration. She reminds us that consciousness—that art—is larger than suffering, is our redemption.
Amber West is a poet and educator who grew up on the central coast of California. She is the author of Hen & God , Daughter Eraser, as well as numerous plays and “puppet poems” that have been performed nationally. West lives in southern California and teaches writing at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The poems in Riddle Fish Hook Thorn Key invite readers into encounters with what doesn’t stay still. The longing here is not only to see things—the bones of a whale, a forgotten handkerchief, muddy horses in a field, a forsaken boy on an empty playground—but to inhabit them, to enter the well of other lungs, to journey into the throat of a land [we] didn’t know. These poems search for ways to belong in the world, and as they do so, the fleeting and uncertain become illuminated—and intimate.
Kelly Terwilliger grew up on the Oregon Coast, and is the author of a chapbook of poems, A Glimpse of Oranges and a full-length collection, Riddle Fish Hook Thorn Key . She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she works as an oral storyteller and poet/artist-in-residence in public schools.