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In-Store Poetry Reading: A. Molotkov and Susan Leslie Moore
Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland poets A. Molotkov and Susan Leslie Moore for an in-store reading from their latest collections.
This in-store reading is first come, first served. Seating is limited. Please be mindful of any store health policies that might be in effect on the night of the reading.
Signed and personalized copies of both poets' books are available! Please, please, please include the name for personalization in the order notes; or indicate "signed only."
About Future Symptoms:
In this stirring collection of poetry, A. Molotkov considers a country on the brink of collapse, plagued by virus and violence, haunted by history, asking of himself––and us-––'How do I move / with my love / caught in concrete ... How do I sing with all / this past / in my lungs?' The poems therein are tender and incisive, compassionate and curious; they 'shine with mysteries to learn.' Molotkov has written a book that is both heartbreaking and real, and often profoundly moving in its exploration of what it means to be human. ––Sara Eliza Johnson
A. Molotkov's previous poetry collections are The Catalog of Broken Things, Application of Shadows, and Synonyms for Silence. His memoir, A Broken Russia Inside Me (Propertius), deals with growing up in the USSR and making a new life in America. Molotkov's collection of ten short stories, Interventions in Blood, is part of Hawai'i Review Issue 91. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review, and his past work includes visual art, experimental film, and music.
About That Place Where You Opened Your Hands:
Celebrating the tension between what we imagine and what we know the world to be, Susan Leslie Moore's debut collection moves between certainty and doubt, dead seriousness and determined playfulness. Exploring identity and the exterior and interior selves we create through the natural world, language, and relationships, the poems of That Place Where You Opened Your Hands bring the ordinary rhythms of life and motherhood into coexistence with wilder truths. As Moore writes, "If I can't be singular / in purpose, let me be quietly adrift," but these are not quiet poems.
Susan Leslie Moore is a Portland-based poet and the director of programs for writers at Literary Arts. Moore's work has appeared in such outlets as Poetry Northwest, Willow Springs, New York Quarterly, and Quick Fiction, and she is coeditor of Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest.
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