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Virtual Poetry at the Library

On Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., the Concord Virtual Poetry at the Library Series will host acclaimed Massachusetts poets Jeffrey Harrison and Matthew Lippman who will read from their powerful new collections and talk about their writing lives and the impact of the current times on the creative process. Register here for the Zoom link.

Jeffrey Harrison’s poems in Between Lakes (Four Way Books) sing the songs of experience in late middle life with “the magic elasticity to show the wide elliptical orbit of a lifetime’s relationship between growing son and aging father,” notes Stanley Plumly. Harrison’s other collections include The Singing Underneath (1988), selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (2001), winner of the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, Incomplete Knowledge (2006), runner-up for the Poets’ Prize, and Into Daylight, winner of the Dorset Prize and selected by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book.

Matthew Lippman’s Mesmerizingly Sadly Beautiful (Four Way Books) which won the 2018 Levis Prize in Poetry is a collection that “takes on issues of sex, politics, race, religion, and poetry, all subjects our mothers warned us not to bring up at a dinner party…It's outrageously American, crass, funny, fast talking, unbound, and yes, sadly beautiful.” – notes Levis poetry judge Dorianne Laux.  Lippman’s other collections include A LITTLE GUT MAGIC (2018), SALAMI JEW (2014), AMERICAN CHEW (2013), winner of the Burnside Review Book Prize, MONKEY BARS (2010), and THE NEW YEAR OF YELLOW (2007) winner of The Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2008 Patterson Poetry Prize. Lippman is the Editor and Founder of the web-based project Love’s Executive Order whose weekly poems by different poets are a chronicle of poetic protest during the current political time.