Wednesday, October 7, 7pm CDT
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Lustrous, tender, and expansive, Gold Cure moves from boomtown gold mines and the mythical city of El Dorado to the fracking wells of the American interior, excavating buried histories, legacies of conquest, and the pursuit of shimmering ideals. Ted Mathys skewers police brutality on the ribs of a nursery rhyme and drives Petrarchan sonnets into shale fields deep under the prairies. In crystalline language rich with allegory and wordplay, Mathys has crafted a moving elegy for the Anthropocene.
In Emporium, Aditi Machado investigates transnationalism and translation in poems that follow a merchant woman as she travels a twenty-first century "silk route." As on the original silk route, this merchant is engaged in economic transactions but also cultural exchanges, un-monetizeable reciprocities, the sensory excesses of the marketplace: coins moving from hand to hand, the smell of food and sweat infusing the air, the "noise" of translation and multilingualism. Is this tradeswoman in control of her "destiny"/business or is she a commodity of impenetrable global forces? Her investigative, digressive travel seems a way to interrogate history and money and her own entanglement in such irresistible threads.
Ted Mathys is the author of Gold Cure, forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2020, as well as Null Set (2015), The Spoils (2009) and Forge (2005). His honors include fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, and St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. His poetry and criticism have appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, Boston Review, Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in St. Louis, where he teaches at St. Louis University and curates the 100 Boots Poetry Series at Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Aditi Machado is a poet, translator, and essayist. Her books include the poetry collections Emporium, winner of the 2019 James Laughlin Award and forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2020, and Some Beheadings (Nightboat Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Believer Poetry Award; and a translation from the French of Farid Tali’s novella Prosopopoeia (Action Books, 2016). She is also the author of several chapbooks as well as poetry and prose texts appearing in journals like Lana Turner, Volt, The Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and Jacket2. A former Poetry Editor for Asymptote (2011-2019), Machado currently works as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Washington University in Saint Louis.
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