On April 10, come enjoy live music in the library! In the spirit of Federico Garcia Lorca—gifted musician, legendary poet and ebullient performer—poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, along with guitarist Whit Van Meter, fuse poetry and music in a dynamic interplay, blurring boundaries between spoken word and song while expanding audiences’ experience of live poetry. This video features their appearance at last year’s PoemTown in St. Johnsbury!
Partridge Boswell is this year’s recipient of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize for his poem “Flying Home after the Protest,” and the author of Some Far Country, winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize: “Such desperate beauty in these poems,” remarks Marie Howe, “such rendered and willed surviving. Read this book if you want to remember what poetry can do to us, how it can find words for what can’t be said and shake us by our shoulders until we feel achingly alive again.” His work has recently surfaced in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Poetry East, as well as on Vermont Public Radio. Lyricist and vocalist of the band The Cows, Boswell is a co-founder of Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words and teaches at Burlington Writers Workshop.
Poet/editor/teacher Peter Money’s books of poetry include hybrid works such as the prose-poem sequence with Saadi Youssef, To day- minutes only (2004); the poetry/music collaboration Blue Square (2007); Che: A Novella In Three Parts (2010); a book of translations, with Sinan Antoon, of the Arab Modernist Saadi Youssef (2012); and his most recent volume, American Drone (2013), which poet Baron Wormser calls a “full-bore, straight-up, flat-out necessary charge to the poet in these global/electronic times.” His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including in the City Light’s anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound, as well as on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Money’s work has also been translated into Spanish in Ultramar Literatura. A student of Allen Ginsberg, he has taught at Lebanon College and the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Musical director/guitarist/composer Whit Van Meter is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and Vermont College of Fine Arts.
7 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street