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Patty Crane discusses her new collection of poetry, BELL I WAKE TO, with poet Betsy Sholl

Thursday, November 14, 7PM
Patty Crane discusses her new collection of poetry, BELL I WAKE TO, with poet Betsy Sholl

“From the opening lines of this stunning collection, I am immediately and irrevocably invested in what this speaker has to say, the many worlds and wounds and healings she weaves through bright, immediate, richly developed image, lexicon, and description. Trenchant emotional truths are flashed, knife-sharp, amidst keen insight and compassionate seeing the world around and within the speaker, from the “[r]osettes blooming in the milky water” of the bath where the speaker cares for her wounded daughter to the young stranger boy who sits on the speaker’s lap at a summer concert, fiddling with her bracelet, smelling like grass, where the speaker once again experiences the joy of being both “the keeper and the kept.” The whole of me responds to these poems, the tenderness and unflinching courage wrapped amidst the foliage and wildlife of the speaker’s garden. The spareness in the syntax and line juxtaposed with the poignant storytelling of these poems captures my imagination, as the mothering/daughtering strength of Bell I Wake To is immense and fills me with light. This speaker’s voice is one I won’t soon forget.”
​​​​​​​—Jenn Givhan, author of Girl With Death Mask, Judge’s statement

Event date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101