Tuesday, February 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning poet and University of Missouri professor Gabriel Fried, who will sign and read from his new collection, The Children are Reading!
The Children Are Reading inhabits childhood spaces, physical and imaginative, on either side of the emergence of adult awareness, desires, and anxieties—which isn’t to say desires and anxieties don’t exist on the childhood end of the spectrum. In many ways, those are more emphatic, less mitigated in the poems, unconstrained by the delusions and rationalizations of adulthood. It would be inaccurate to think of adulthood as the place where wisdom pools in these poems, though it’s in adulthood that some of the fears are reconceived and articulated. Fried shows us that there are powers and wisdoms held in childhood that are lost in adulthood, even with its increased autonomy of one sort or another.
“Fried’s sophomore offering marks him as a poet on the rise, an important and individual voice. For all readers of contemporary poetry.“ —Library Journal (starred review)
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Children are Reading from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.