Seattle Arts & Lectures is delighted to be partnering with Poetry Northwest to be launching a series of original essays and reflections on some of the speakers in our Poetry Series. This first installation, poet and Writers in the Schools teaching artist, Emily Bedard, dives into the most recent collection by Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion. The piece is not a review, but rather a view from that book. A view from inside its textured covers. A view from a week spent traveling in the book, dreaming with the book, swimming in its inky infinity pools. Part travelogue, part meditation on the meditative poems of Brock-Broido, the essay shows, not tells, what is so richly compelling about the dream worlds of these poems.
We hope you enjoy this essay, and will join us for Lucie Brock-Broido’s reading for Seattle Arts & Lectures this Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 at Chihuly Garden and Glass. For a 15% discount on tickets, Poetry Northwest readers may enter PNW1415 at checkout.
—Rebecca Hoogs, Associate Director, Seattle Arts & Lectures
Reading Lucie Brock-Broido in Mexico
On the chair next to my packed suitcase the books are teetering in their tower. I know they cannot all go along, but at the moment I cannot choose between them because each one is my favorite child. In the days before departure, their spines stack up, swap out, rearrange themselves like parakeets startling off a branch and settling back down.
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