TUESDAY, JANUARY 16th | 6:30-7:30 PM
MILL VALLEY LIBRARY (CONFERENCE ROOM)
Read and discuss a book of poems with others who appreciate poetry and like to take a closer look at form, structure, and craft. Discussions will be lively and interactive, and participants will have a chance to share thoughts and ask questions. Come prepared to read your favorite poems, lines, and passages from the book aloud.
January's selection is Customs by Solmaz Sharif. The discussion will be led by Erin Rodoni.
In Customs, Solmaz Sharif examines what it means to exist in the nowhere of the arrivals terminal, a continual series of checkpoints, officers, searches, and questionings that become a relentless experience of America. With resignation and austerity, these poems trace a pointed indoctrination to the customs of the nation-state and the English language, and the realities they impose upon the imagination, the paces they put us through. While Sharif critiques the culture of performed social skills and poetry itself—its foreclosures, affects, successes—she begins to write her way out to the other side of acceptability and toward freedom.
Erin Rodoni’s most recent book, And if the Woods Carry You, won the 2020 Southern Indiana Review Michael Waters Poetry Prize and was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Her two previous collections are: Body, in Good Light and A Landscape for Loss. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies such as Blackbird, Poetry Northwest, and Best New Poets. She has won awards from AWP, Ninth Letter, and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She teaches and mentors through the Writing Salon and serves on the Board of the Marin Poetry Center.