A Reading and Conversation with Poet John Balaban
Wednesday, March 11, 2020,
Venue: Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
Please join us in welcoming writer and poet John Balaban for a reading and conversation. Balaban will be reading from Empires (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), his new book of poetry. About the book: John Balaban’s sixth collection of poetry considers America in its innate beauty and complex ugliness, in its powerfully healing landscapes and its destructive misadventures. With a compelling lyricism and cinematic imagery, Empire showcases the pervasiveness of the human spirit across a diverse cast of characters, both modern and ancient. From the rubble of the World Trade Center to Washington’s troops crossing the Potomac to powerful insights into the Vietnam War, Balaban’s genius is in connecting the dots of history. Despite the destruction and persecution associated with empires, Balaban illuminates the often-overlooked transcendent hope available through poetry, music, and an unwavering connection to the land. Through heart warming elegies, gripping narratives and new translations from several Romanian poets, Balaban’s poems shine a redemptive light amidst the darkness and chaos of changing empires.
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