Poetry Reading: Larry Beckett

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes Portland poet Larry Beckett for an in-store reading from his new collection, The Book of Merlin, and his long poem Amelia Earhart.

About The Book of Merlin:

Merlin was a 6th-century poet in northwest Britain, who spoke the Brythonic tongue. He was known as Myrddin Wyllt, or Merlin of the Wilds. He was a contemporary and comrade of Taliesin, and though The Book of Taliesin is extant, for Merlin, there are only a handful of poems in The Black Book of Carmarthen, The Red Book of Hergest, and other middle Welsh texts. But scholars have suggested that Merlin's other lyrics were embedded in the Latin poem Vita Merlini by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Together, they tell of Merlin's later life. This translation is the first time that his surviving words have been gathered in one manuscript since The Book of Merlin was lost in the 12th century.

About Amelia Earhart:

A ghost-woman's ruminations on the joys and injustices of her life fly through her memory: Rhapsodic and reportorial by turns, Amelia Earhart sets the mythological image of the first famous female aviator against her own musings on the facts of her life. The result is an epic monologue that reveals not only Earhart but also Larry Beckett's genius for making words dance, for Amelia and for us.

Larry Beckett's poetry ranges from songs, Song to the Siren, to blank sonnets, Songs and Sonnets, to the epic American Cycle, including Paul Bunyan, Wyatt Earp, Amelia Earhart, and seven other book-length poems. Beat Poetry is a study of the poets and poetry of the fifties San Francisco renaissance.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
The Book of Merlin: A translation By Larry Beckett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604893588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (updated daily)
Published: Livingston Press at the University of West Al - November 6th, 2023

Amelia Earhart By Larry Beckett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635346350
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NON-RETURNABLE. May take longer to arrive. Please confirm this is the edition you want.
Published: Finishing Line Press - August 31st, 2018