Oregon poet Carolyn Martin will launch her new collection, A Penchant for Masquerades at the Milwaukie Poetry Series on March 13, 2019. Dedicated to those who have a penchant for doubting everything and nothing, this book is an eclectic combination of the personal and universal, the formal and experimental, the playful and profound.
The event will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, OR.
About the Collection
Launched on February 12, 2019, Carolyn Martin’s fourth poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades, takes an unflinching look at the fluidity of truth, time, identity, history, death, and relationships.
Martin time-travels with Neanderthals, Lucy, and Big Foot to 9/11 to the future collapse of a holographic universe. She mines scientific discoveries, nursery rhymes, biblical characters, and the works of Issa, Horace, Yeats, Frost, Williams, Szymborska, and Collins in poems that are both playful and thought-provoking.
Since she believes reincarnation is a distinct possibility, she suggests that death need not be taken too seriously (“Re-Entry Interview,” “A Case for Sudden Death”). She riffs on an Issa haiku (“Thoughts on a Translation”), sits down to dinner with Horace (“Notes from a Water Drinker”), and promises literary revenge on a reviewer who negatively critiques this collection (“To the Reviewer Who Missed Too Much”).
Martin’s forms run the gamut from sonnets, haiku, and pantoums to free verse, found poetry, and paratactic poems whose stanzas can be read in any order. A lover of language, she builds poems based on one word (“Phonaethetics,” “Disambiguation,” “Stirring”), and delights in re-stitching the words of others in surprising ways (“Variations on Final Words,” “10 Variations on the 50 Most Quoted Lines of Poetry,” “90+ Titles Appropriated from Poetry 180 Hosted by Billy Collins”).
A lover of all things poetic, Martin has created an eclectic collection for readers who have a penchant for words and who are open to believing in everything and nothing.
You can purchase a copy directly from the publisher or at any major retailer.
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We are very pleased to announce that our author, Mick Bennett, will be hosted at the Belmar Public Library for their “Breakfast with the Author” event to discuss and read from his Belmar Series! Eat, mingle, and ask questions about Mick Bennett’s books while experiencing Belmar first hand.
“Breakfast with the Author”
Location: 517 10th Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719
Date & Time: December 3, 2016, beginning at 10AM and ending at 12PM.
Unfamiliar with his series? Check out his books:
Missing You in Belmar, NJ
We are also providing coupons for half off his first book exclusively for this event! Stop by the library and pick up a business card that includes information about this event and the coupon.
Catch a glimpse at Mick Bennett's latest publication Missing You in Belmar, NJ this October as he reads popular excerpts from the book.
October 3rd, 2014:
Where: Ragged Edge Coffee House, 110 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA
Time: 4-5 p.m.
October 12th, 2014
Where: Belmar Arts Council, 608 River Rd., Belmar, NJ,
When: 1-3 p.m.
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