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NEW YORK READING & BOOK LAUNCH:
Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
Jasmine Dreame Wagner and Rena Rosenwasser
Berl’s Poetry Shop
126A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY
Please join Kelsey Street Press for a book launch and reading on October 22nd at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. Jasmine Dreame Wagner will read from Rings, selected by Elizabeth Robinson as the winner of the 2014 FIRSTS! contest. She will be joined by Kelsey Street Press co-founder Rena Rosenwasser who will read from Elevators (Kelsey Street Press, 2011). Reception and book signing will follow.
Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
2014, 128 pages, $15.00
Rings is the winner of the 2014 Firsts! Contest, a series of first books by emerging writers.
Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Rings spirals through the alphabet with both velocity and precision. To read this poetry is to feel your pulse quicken, for Wagner demonstrates form as energy and imagination. It’s not that Wagner deploys her impressive gifts to make a world that coddles or eases the reader. The centrifugal force of her perception is fierce and compels us to acknowledge an innermost lacunae. Still, this is a work of strange jubilation. Wagner renews ruin and memory so that they become responsive. The poet asks, “And what drives/us to make love//or anything, really?” Her response: “We know the mystery//of memory is not concealed/in the higher animal (it is concealed/in the route) . . . .” Welcome to the animate labyrinth.
—Elizabeth Robinson, contest judge
Read more praise for Rings.
Read an excerpt from Rings on the KSP blog.
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NEW IN OUR AUDIO CATALOG:
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