Unsolicited Press is happy to host a reading featuring Brook Bhagat and Frances Badalamenti.
Only Flying by Brook Bhagat is a collection of surreal free verse and prose poetry that celebrates transformation and paradox, exploring both the silence of the seeker and the outrageous wilderness of the imagination. Thematic threads like rebellion, enlightenment, risk, courage, love, loss, and triumph dance to life with pictures that swing from dark to light, surreal to whimsical, and strange to familiar. There are intimate goddesses here, black widows, buddhas, alley cats, a kangaroo, and magic pants—blacklight-blue Hendrix flares that hang from a fire escape, just waiting for the right person to jump up and steal them. That person is you.
Salad Days by Frances Badalmenti vacillates between youth-driven cultures of mid-nineties era Jersey and early aughts Portland. As the dual story unfolds, we witness the twenty-something protagonist, Ana, as she takes a crack at being an adult, navigating friendships and searching for intimate relationships, maintaining jobs and managing money. All the while, she does her best to repair a broken moral compass without an owner’s manual.
The reading will feature both authors reading and if there is time at the end, a casual Q+A.
You can join the event by clicking on the Zoom link listed on the events calendar: https://www.unsolicitedpress.com/events.html.
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