Location: Mechanics' Hall Charitable Library, 519 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Co-sponsored by MWPA (Maine Writers' and Publishers' Alliance) and Mechanics' Hall Charitable Library
Join Print: A Bookstore and Mechanics' Hall for an evening of Maine poetry to celebrate the release of poet Mike Bove's most recent collection EYE, including readings from Samaa Abdurraqib, Ken Craft, Judy Kaber, Jefferson Navicky, Betsy Sholl, and David Stankiewicz!
Please join Print: A Bookstore, MWPA, and Mechanics’ Hall for a celebration of Maine winter through poetry. The poems in Mike Bove’s newest collection, EYE, were written over the course of a nor’easter that buried Southern Maine in heavy snow. Meditations on memory, grief, family, and nature, they reveal the power of icy weather to inspire reflection and exploration. Part poetry reading, part conversation, this event will feature Mike in poetic discussion with six acclaimed Maine poets, joining together in warm, wintry community.
Mike Bove is the author of four books of poetry: Soundtrack to Your Next Panic Attack, EYE, House Museum, and Big Little City. His work has appeared in the U.S., U.K., and Canada in publications including Poetry East, Rattle, The Maine Review, and the anthologies Wait: Poems From The Pandemic and Writing The Land. In 2021, he was winner of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest and a finalist for a Maine Literary Award in 2023.
His newest collection, EYE, was written over the course of five days immediately before, during, and after a powerful nor'easter which covered Portland in heavy snow and these 51 experimental poems were the result. EYE covers a wide range of topics, including snow, living with generalized anxiety, haunting memories of growing up as a child of a mentally ill alcoholic, and worries about fatherhood, parenthood, and personhood in a chaotic world filled with danger and beauty. EYE was featured and reviewed in the Boston Globe.