Devon Walker-Figueroa + Elizabeth Metzger & Taylor Johnson

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Photo of Taylor JohnsonLive via Zoom:
Wednesday, September 22, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Devon Walker-Figueroa presents Philomath
With Elizabeth Metzger and Taylor Johnson

Devon Walker-Figueroa joins Greenlight (virtually!) to launch her 2020 National Poetry Series-winning collection, Philomath, a ruminative catalogue of overgrowth and the places that haunt us. With Walker-Figueroa as our Virgil, we begin in the collection’s eponymous town of Philomath, Oregon. We drift through the general store, into the Nazarene Church, past people plucking at the brambles of a place that won’t let them go. We move beyond the town into fields and farmland—and further still, along highways, into a cursed Californian town, a museum in Florence. An explorer at the edge of the sublime, Walker-Figueroa writes in quiet awe of nature and of memory, guiding readers toward a kind of witness that doesn’t flinch from the bleak or bizarre. For in Philomath, it is the poet’s (sometimes reluctant) obligation “to keep an eye / on what is left” of the people and places that have impacted us. And there is always something left, whether it is the smell of burnt grapes, a twelfth-century bronze, or even a lock of hair. Walker-Figueroa is joined for a night of readings and conversation by fellow poets Elizabeth Metzger, author of The Spirt Papers, and Taylor Johnson, author of Inheritance!

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Event date: 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

NY
Philomath: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315229
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021

Greenlight is delighted to partner with Devon Walker-Figureroa to offer signed copies of her book Philomath, available now!

If you would like a signed copy and/or special inscription or personalization, you MUST indicate your request in Order Comments at checkout (or your order may be filled with an unsigned copy). The author will be signing on September 23rd and orders for personalized copies can be placed up until September 22nd 11:59PM. Books will be shipped or available for pickup around 9/23.

Each signed book will also include a free copy of Devon's chap book, So Lame

 

 

 


Selected by Sally Keith as a winner of the 2020 National Poetry Series, this debut collection is a ruminative catalogue of overgrowth and the places that haunt us.

With Devon Walker-Figueroa as our Virgil, we begin in the collection's eponymous town of Philomath, Oregon. We drift through the general store, into the Nazarene Church, past people plucking at the brambles of a place that won't let them go. We move beyond the town into fields and farmland--and further still, along highways, into a cursed Californian town, a museum in Florence. We wander with a kind of animal logic, like a beast with "a mind to get loose / from a valley fallowing / towards foul," through the tense, overlapping space between movement and stillness.


Inheritance Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948579131
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Alice James Books - November 10th, 2020

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