Celebrate the release of “when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there,” Marty McConnell’s second poetry collection and the winner of the Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana University Press. With guest readers Maya Marshall, Ben Clark and others, and video projection by Lindsey Dorr-Niro.
More info about Marty and the collection: www.martyoutloud.com
Advance praise for the book:
“If future generations want to know what it meant to live in the belly of the beast at this moment in history, they would do well to read the poems of Marty McConnell. These are poems that bear witness and much more: they explore a remarkable range of human experiences and emotional registers. There is fiery condemnation of injustice and jubilant praise of everyday pleasures; there are voices from the margins and voices of privilege that burn with searing honesty; there is fragmented language that mirrors the fragmentation of our times, and there is language that speaks with the clarity of prophecy. Above all, there is love, of both a personal and political nature, that resonates with hope. I, for one, am grateful for the blaze of electricity in these poems, for the thunderstorms and lamplight which illuminate our darkness.” —Martín Espada