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Friday, June 15


Tour the Archaeology Field School at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

Our archaeology students have been hard at work at the Emily Dickinson Museum! Come tour their dig sites and see their discoveries firsthand on June 1 at 10:30AM and June 15 at 1PM. In past years, visitors have received a close up look at remains of plants that once grew in the gardens, buried paths, water pipes, bed borders, and other garden infrastructure that existed when Emily Dickinson was alive. This year, see the hard work of our Archaeology Field School students as they continue to delineate the archaeological footprint of the Dickinson home.

Friday June 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Thursday, July 25


Jeffrey Levine: At the Kinngad Home for the Bewildered with Paul Park: A City Made of Words
The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar
11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Call: 413-637-3390 website: www.bookstoreinlenox.com

Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Jeffrey Levine
At the Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered
Paul Park
A City Made of Words

Jeffrey Levine, Publisher of Tupelo Press in North Adams, has a third volume of poetry forthcoming from Salmon Press in March 2019. Two hundred years ago, the great rabbi, Simcha Bunim, offered a teaching. Each of us has two pockets. In one, a note reads, "For my sake was the world created"; in the other, "All I am is dust and ash." Take stock of your needs, the rabbi counseled, and reach into the appropriate pocket. In this, his long-awaited third book, Jeffrey Levine offers readers a dazzling redaction of the rabbi's advice. Emptying his innumerable pockets, Levine spills forth poems of radiant image and dialectical thinking: "I want what this wanting wants / with a strength that surpasses me, I am sad // to be happy, I accuse myself, I forgive myself / to belong to the new world." We need not choose between affirmation and humility, Levine argues, in tones that are at once urgent and agnostic ("The one neither, the other nor"). On the page, at least, we get to have it all: ravishing desire and feasts, prophecies, "night dreads," "a lost thought boxed within a certain light," ekphrastic poems that upend tradition. In the poems that grow out of his encounters with paintings by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and the Scottish painter David Roberts, Levine goes far beyond the spinning out of the image that meets his eye. Poem attaches to painting like a gessoed layer, integral to the painting because integral to the poet -- a secondary self-portrait that offers a glimpse of the artist in mature command of his power both to reveal and conceal.

Paul Park is one of modern fiction’s major innovators. With characters truly alien and disturbingly normal, his work explores the shifting interface between traditional narrative and luminous dream, all in the service of a deeper humanism. “Climate Change,” original to this volume, is an intimate and erotic take on a global environmental crisis. “A Resistance to Theory” chronicles the passionate (and bloody) competition between the armed adherents of postmodern literary schools. “A Conversation with the Author” gives readers a harrowing look behind the curtains of an MFA program. In “A Brief History of SF” a fan encounters the ruined man who first glimpsed the ruined cities of Mars. “Creative Nonfiction” showcases a professor’s eager collaboration with a student intent on wrecking his career. The only nonfiction piece, “A Homily for Good Friday,” was delivered to a stunned congregation at a New England church. Plus: a bibliography and a candid Outspoken Interview with one of today's most accomplished and least conventional authors.


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