Editor Alice Quinn Talks about Pandemic Poetry with Ron Charles via Zoom (6/9)

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Politics & Prose Live presents Alice Quinn, editor of TOGETHER IN A SUDDEN STRANGENESS: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic (Knopf), in discussion with Ron Charles of The Washington Post and special guests, via Zoom on Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00pm (ET).

TOGETHER IN A SUDDEN STRANGENESS is an urgent outpouring of American voices, as our poets speak to us as we shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives.

As the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects began to spread in the United States and around the world, Alice Quinn reached out to poets across the country to see if, and what, they were writing under quarantine. Overwhelmed by the response, the onetime New Yorker poetry editor and recent former director of the Poetry Society of America began collecting the compassionate verses that were arriving in her inbox, assembling this various, intimate, and intricate portrait of our suddenly altered reality.

Whether grieving for relatives they are separated from, contemplating our narrowed life during a soak in the tub, tending to children and gardens and making essential shopping lists, recovering from illness themselves, or considering the fate of inmates and the bravery of medical workers, our poets are just like us, but with the words to describe what can feel unspeakably difficult and strange. From sorrowful and resilient to wistful, fierce, darkly humorous, and emblematically reverent about the earth and the vulnerability of human beings in frightening times, the poems in this collection provide wisdom and companionship, depths of feeling that enliven our spirits, and a poignant summoning to the page of spring’s inevitable return.

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Posted: June 6, 2020