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november, 2021

17novwedFeaturedA Poetry Evening with Barbara Ras and Jim Moore7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Poetry Reading

Event Details

The Blues of HeavenBarbara Ras

PrognosisJim Moore

Join us for a very special poetry night with special guests Barbara Ras and Jim Moore. Barbara and Jim will be reading poems from their latest collections in our backyard, just before the cold weather makes its appearance.

This event is free and you can RSVP HERE

Barbara Ras is the author of four poetry collections: The Blues of Heaven (Pitt Poetry Series, 2021), The Last Skin (Penguin, 2010), which won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Book of 2010, One Hidden Stuff (Penguin, 2006), and Bite Every Sorrow, which won the Walt Whitman Award and also received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  Ras has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.  Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Granta, Five Points, American Scholar, Massachusetts Review, and Orion, as well as in many other magazines and anthologies.  She is the editor of a collection of short fiction in translation, Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. Ras has taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson and at workshops nationally and internationally.  For four decades, Ras had a career in book publishing.  She is the founding director emerita of Trinity University Press and lives in San Antonio.

Jim Moore is the author of seven books of poetry, including Underground, Invisible Strings, and Lightning at Dinner. His poetry has appeared in the Nation, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Spoleto, Italy.

Praise for Barbara Ras

“The sweet and dark weight of being has never been more capably measured than in The Blues of Heaven.” —Rick Barot

“The Blues of Heaven radiates with immense tenderness—here are poems of vivid painterly wonderment, perfect pacing and weight, elegantly woven counterpoints of shimmering imagery.  How does she do this?  A book of infinite love and depth.” —Naomi Shihab Nye

“Barbara Ras’s poems are informed by a metaphysically erudite and whimsical exuberance. . . Ras structures poems with a zaniness and an unpredictable cunning, and her verbal expertise and lucidity are a bright and surprising as her knowledge of the world is profound.  Bite Every Sorrow is a splendid book, morally serious, poetically authentic, spiritually discerning.” K. Williams

Praise for Jim Moore

“Jim Moore’s poems are an artful amalgam of humor and fierce attention, suffused by a passion for ancient Asian poetry. Like his sage poet-teachers he grasps the quiet power of white space, knowing that what is unsaid is often just as crucial as what is.”The New York Times

“Sweetly inviting and strongly felt. . . . These five decades of poems are of a piece, showing that the world is beautiful, yet it ‘fails its beauty. / What choice, but to love the failings themselves.’”Publishers Weekly

“There is a stunning clarity to Jim Moore’s latest poems. . . . Poised at the threshold of mortality, ‘unencumbered / by thoughts of what might have been,’ these poems hover between transient beauty and transfigured time; they embrace and let go of ‘what was never ours to keep.’”—Arthur Sze


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