An Evening of Poetry with Mary Koncel and Susannah Lee Tues, May 21 at 7 pm

 

Mary Koncel--The Last Blonde

One cannot praise The Last Blonde enough. Here’s the prose poem at its luminous best: deft, magical, funny, and wistful. Hers is a generous, tender, radiant voice—in love with this world. A voice we trust. The poet writes, “I remember my hunger. It begins with a rustle in the grass, just after dusk, between fragrance and mildew.” This is a one-of-a kind collection—a book I’ll return to again and again.”
—Carol Potter, author of Some Slow Bees, 2014 Field Poetry Prize

 

Mary Koncel has published two books of prose poetry—Closer to Day (Quale Press) and You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press).  Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Denver Review, Barrow Street, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 25 American Poets. She lives in Worthington, Massachusetts with her husband and many animals.

 

Susannah Lee--Wintering Over

(From the publisher, Finishing Line Press)

 

Facing the “tumbled doing and undoing of tides,” the narrator “sang to the cauled wake behind us, cradling the weight of afterlife.”

In Susannah Lee’s Wintering Over, nine Carmelite sisters sail across the North Sea to Norway, to “the fjords who are my cousins.” ..The canonical hours frame the nuns’ work and prayer: their “cloistered lives lived in a fierce climate” rise out of the page until we enter its three-dimensional space.

 

A New Englander born in Boston, Susannah Lee has worked as a writer, editor, and independent producer for radio and film. Her radio features have aired on the Christian Science Monitor Radio, NPR, WFCR, and Living on Earth. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Seneca Review, Sonora Review, Nine Mile Magazine, The Woven Tale, Cloudbank, and others. She currently lives in rural western Massachusetts.

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Event address: 

247 Main Street
247 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060