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Friday, June 14 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Howard Faerstein: Googootz and Other Poems

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In Googootz and Other Poems, Howard Faerstein meets the world with unabashed frankness and an intelligence both empathic and zapping. “Three generations from now / will the wren wheedle still? / Will wasps gorge on fallen fruit?” the poet wonders amid the ruinous violence (including that sprung from racism, classism, and homophobia) we inflict on others and ourselves. Carl Sagan’s suggestion that “for small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love” seems particularly relevant in times like ours when, as Faerstein insists, “misery like rapture ascends / as quickly as frost in mid-spring.” The poet’s heartache for the world’s raw wounds is as intense as his unflinching love for its shards of beauty. We might as well “wrap / gauze around the whole / bloody planet,” the poet grieves, while also urging us to celebrate the feverfew “growing out of the gutter,” the “sibilant warbling / of the dead,” the hatchlings of the macheted terciopelo “spreading out / in the early light / like stars / blinking forth / at dusk.”

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