Tuesday, April 6, 7pm CT
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About Now We're Getting Somewhere
A dark, no-holds-barred, and often hilarious collection from a prize-winning poet, veering between the poles of self and world.
Kim Addonizio’s sharp and irreverent eighth volume, Now We’re Getting Somewhere, is an essential companion to your practice of the Finnish art of kalsarikännit—drinking at home, alone in your underwear, with no intention of going out. Imbued with the poet’s characteristic precision and passion, the collection charts a hazardous course through heartache, climate change, dental work, Outlander, semiotics, and more.
Combatting existential gloom with a wicked, seductive energy, Addonizio investigates desire, loss, and the madness of contemporary life. She calls out to Walt Whitman and John Keats, echoes Dorothy Parker, and finds sisterhood with Virginia Woolf.
Sometimes confessional, sometimes philosophical, these poems weave from desolation to drollery and clamor with raucous imagery: an insect in high heels, a wolf at an uncomfortable party, a glowing and self-serious guitar.
A poet whose “voice lifts from the page, alive and biting” (Sky Sanchez, San Francisco Book Review), Addonizio reminds her reader, "if you think nothing & / no one can / listen I love you joy is coming."
About the Speakers
Kim Addonizio’s eighth poetry collection is Now We’re Getting Somewhere (W.W. Norton,March 2021). She has also published two novels, two short story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. Her most recent publications are a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin), and a book of poems, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton). Her work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, and other awards, and has been translated into several languages. Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Poetry, The Sun, and many anthologies. She lives in Oakland, CA.
Aya Cash is currently starring on “This Country” a new Fox comedy. She was recently seen on season 2 of Prime Video’s “The Boys" (Critics’ Choice Super Award Winner Best Actress). Her numerous television credits include “Fosse/Verdon,” the FX comedy series “You’re the Worst” (Critics’ Choice Award and TCA Award nominations best Actress), Joe Swanberg’s Netflix anthology series “Easy,” “Will & Grace,” “Modern Family,” and more. On the film side, Cash just starred in Sundance and Shudder hit “Scare Me” other film highlights include: SOCIAL ANIMALS, GAME OVER, MAN!, MARY GOES ROUND, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and Mike Birbiglia's SLEEPWALK WITH ME. Cash’s theatre credits include starring roles in off-Broadway plays at playhouses such as The Public, Playwrights' Horizons, The Atlantic, MCC, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Rattlestick, to name a few. She has starred in New York or World premieres of plays by Ethan Coen, Bruce Norris, Zoe Kazan, Matthew Lopez, Lucy Thurber, Liz Flahive, Sara Burgess and Nicky Silver.
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