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December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

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January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived readings & workshops
Sep 16 Wednesday, September 16
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

Join us to celebrate the publication of Brittany Cavallaro's Girl-King (University of Akron, 2015) and Cynthia Marie Hoffman'Paper Doll Fetus (Persea Books, 2014)


Brittany Cavallaro's first poetry collection, Girl-King, was published by the University of Akron Press in January 2015. Individual poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Tin House and the Best New Poets anthology, among others. No Girls No Telephones, a chapbook co-written with Rebecca Hazelton, is now available from Black Lawrence Press. Cavallaro’s awards include scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. In addition, Cavallaro’s young adult novel, A Study in Charlotte, is forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in winter 2016, with sequels to follow in 2017 and 2018.  

 

 

 

Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of Paper Doll Fetus (Persea Books, 2014) and Sightseer (Persea Books, 2011)—winner of the 2010 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume (Gold Line Press, 2014). Hoffman is a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Fence, Blackbird, diode, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She co-edits the online interview series on poetry project books, The Cloudy House. Visit Cynthia online.

 


 

GIRL-KING

 

City where no one is from, city

that billows like the tumescent

moon, city that closes down

when the girl arrives with her bags

and her ragged diadem and all

her men. She announces herself

to the deciding park and the main gates

close. She shows her mother’s brooch

and the main gates close, they cry

and they close, they’ve rusted. She isn’t

the first. Her men attend,

they paint themselves & they press

those paintings on her, their books

explain the beginning, those waves.

The structures that wavered when

the moon came down. She has no

new reasons to send them away

& the city is hers, it wears her name

underneath, always, it won’t protest –

she is terrible in her rule.

 

                              —Brittany Cavallaro


 

 

The Paper Doll Fetus Speaks to the Viable Twin in Utero

 

Days, a week, or two weeks passed before I discerned I was dying

and the things which were to be my eyes shriveled up like pricked balloons.

It is always night in here. I cannot know if it is you, though something

is wringing out my heart (what was to be my heart) my tongue my skin

is being ground to a pulp. There was not enough time to rehearse a graceful pose

before I was wedged against the wall. I am splayed like a weather vane.

Your head is enormous. When did it happen that I am no bigger than your footprint?

I am becoming a scrap of parchment on which is scrawled my flattened waxy face.

Unfold me. You will find a tiny skeleton stirred into the paper. I am a letter

to you, and it says if you held me up to the wind I would flutter away. At times

in the future you will feel that something has been lost but you will not remember

what it is. No one understands why this is happening. Look at me, you know me

better than anyone. I am not angry.

        

                              —Cynthia Marie Hoffman

                            Reprinted from Paper Doll Fetus (Persea Books, 2014). Originally appeared in Fence.