A Loner, A Genius

August Kleinzahler's The Strange Hours Travelers Keep won the prestigious Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2004, and Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (2008) won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times has called the poet's work "among the most articulate and alive sounds American poetry is currently making," and Allen Ginsberg once said "Kleinzahler's verse line is always precise, concrete, intelligent and rare — that quality of 'chiseled' verse memorable in Basil Bunting's and Ezra Pound's work. A loner, a genius." The Hotel Oneira, Kleinzahler's first book of poetry since Sleeping It Off, is just out, for which the author will be in conversation with Minnesota-based photographer Alec Soth and journalist/critic Steven Winn. From "Hootie Bill Do Polonius": "We pre-ZIDED over that patch of dust // Knew it / And wore it as befits selwf-knowledge // What queered it in the end / Was what the Right Reverend calls puce-salami-tea // Can't spell it / Don't know how to say it right // But know what it means."

Mon., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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