Kim Addonizio & Martín Espada
Two excellent poets, each with new collections, and each of whom has read at Elliott Bay when all was done live and in-person, give this virtual reading tonight from newly released collections. Kim Addonizio holds forth with her all-out eighth book of poems, Now We’re Getting Somewhere (W.W. Norton). However bleak the perspective that can come with these poems of lived, examined, and experienced life, there is also a fervent, soaring life force at work that is something to behold.
“ Several moments in these poems suggest a universal despair and loneliness that feels in keeping with the present moment, but Addonizio’s incredible comedic timing and brilliance at subverting the reader’s expectations ensures the mood is never too dark for long. These poems are brilliant reflections from the high priestess of the confessional.” - Publishers Weekly.
Martín Espada is (virtually) here as the author and/or translator of over twenty books of poems and essays, with Floaters (W.W. Norton) his newest poetry collection. “Along with his trademark blend of gravitas, humor and raucous imagination, we get an Espada more vulnerable, a voice more intimate, than any we’ve heard from him before. Martín Espada has long established himself as one of our most prolific and important poets, his body of work a canon unto itself. Floaters is another cannon in that canon.” - John Murillo.