An Evening of Poetry
Wednesday, April 11, 7pm
How does it feel to lose your planet, your lover, yourself? Purkert's debut collection, For the Love of Endings, tests what connects us to this earth and to each other. Light-footed and dark-humored, his brilliantly crafted poems examine "the gap/between the world & how / people paint it: dark, distant, there / for the taking." He makes us lok at our disintegrating world head on and see what we've done to it, and what it has done to us.
Ben Purkert teaches creative writing at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. His poems and essays have appeared in Agni, Boston Review, Guernic, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and NYU, where he was a New York Times fellow.
About Brenda Shaughnessy's work, the poet Richard Howard writes: “The resonance of Shaughnessy’s poems is that of someone speaking out of an ecstasy and into an ecstasy, momentarily pausing to let us in on the fun, the pain.”
Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of four poetry collections, most recently So Much Synth and Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press) a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book and a finalist for the Griffin International Prize. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark. She lives with her family in Verona, NJ.