Lucie Brock-Broido September 26

September 10th, 2008 by Adam

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State University will present a reading by Lucie Brock-Broido at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Ms.Brock-Broido received her BA and her MA degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA from Columbia University. Her books of poetry include Trouble in Mind, The Master Letters and A Hunger.

In a New York Times review Maureen N. McLane wrote, “Apprenticed to Wallace Stevens, from whose notebooks she takes the titles of several poems, she writes a sensual, sonically rich poetry, typified by the opening of “Spain”:

The god-leash leaves

Its lashes on the broad bunched backs

Of sacrificial animals.

This acoustic gorgeousness, along with her highly figurative cast of mind, creates a striking tension: her new theme is austerity, yet her means remain profligate.”

From 1988 to 1993 Brock-Broido was a Briggs-Copeland poet at Harvard University. She has also taught at the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Princeton University, and is now professor and director of poetry in the writing division in the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

Described by the critic Stephen Burt as an “elliptical poet,” she has received many honors, including the Witter-Bynner prize for Poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

There is no charge for admission to the reading, but free tickets are required, and advance reservation is recommended.

The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing, and is expected to conclude early enough that patrons will have time for the 9 p.m. political debate.

Call the Silver Center Box Office at (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.

In addition to signing her own books, Ms. Brock-Broido will sign copies of Letters to a Stranger: Poems by Thomas James, for which she wrote the introduction.

James’ book was published in 1973, but after his death in 1974 “in American poetry’s back rooms, a kind of cult has grown around it—passed from poet to poet in photocopy. [the book] has become an underground classic,” largely due to Brock-Broido, according to Publisher’s Weekly.

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is presented by the Silver Center for the Arts and is supported by a generous grant from the Plymouth State University Bookstore and Follett Higher Education Group.

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