Reading: Kim Stafford: Wild Honey, Tough Salt

Annie Bloom's welcomes back Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford to read from his new collection, Wild Honey, Tough Salt, which offers a prismatic view of Earth citizenship, where we must now be ambidextrous.

The book takes a stern look inward calling for sturdy character and supple spirit, and a bold look outward seeking ways to engage grief trouble. Wild Honey, Tough Salt begins with poems that witness a buoyant life in a difficult world: wandering New Orleans in a trance, savoring the life of artist Tove Jansson, reading the fine print on the Mexican peso and the Scottish five-pound note. Clues to untapped energy lie everywhere by the lens of poetry. The book then moves to considerations of the worst in us--torture and war: how to recruit a child soldier? How to be married to the heartless guard? What to say to your child who is enamored by bullets? In the third section, the book offers a spangle of poems blessing earth: wren song, bud growth, river's eager way with obstacles. And the final section offers poems of affection: infant clarities of home, long marriage in dog years, a consoling campfire in the yard when all seems lost. The book will soften your trouble, and give you spirit for the days ahead.

 

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Wild Honey, Tough Salt Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781597098960
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - April 23rd, 2019