The Meaning of Contemporary Poetry 16:00 20th Mar / The Bookworm – Beijing

Michael CrummeyAndy McGuireMariko Nagai 2Nicholas YB WongSimon Shieh

Michael Crummey, Andy McGuire, Mariko Nagai, Nicholas YB Wong; moderated by Simon Shieh

Four poets gather to read their works and discuss the role poetry can play in contemporary life. Hong Kong poet Nicholas YB Wong is the author of Cities of Sameness and Crevasse, which has been praised as “deft and radically inventive… blows a hole right through our expectation of what contemporary poetry is supposed to look and to sound like” (Ravi Shankar); Japanese poet Mariko Nagai is the author of Histories of Bodies, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize from Red Hen Press; Canadian Andy McGuire’s poems have appeared in Riddle Fence, Hazlitt, and The Walrus, and he recently released his debut collection, Country Club; and Canadian Michael Crummey’s poetry (Arguments with Gravity, Hard Light, Under the Keel, etc.) has been described as generous, genuine, rich, and warm, with some form of grace always present to redeem whatever hardships his characters endure. Moderated by local poet Simon Shieh.

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Event code: BW20D

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