Live via Zoom:
Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 PM ET
An Evening with Four Way Books
Peter Coyote, author of Tongue of a Crow
Bruce Willard, author of In Light of Stars
Brian Komei Dempster, author of Seize
Angela Narciso Torres, author of What Happens Is Neither
Four Way Books is an independent publisher dedicated to producing and promoting excellent literary publications and to creating opportunities for writers of merit. They believe that the work of writers brings good to the world—understanding, empathy, curiosity, wisdom—and that if they can be the conduit for connecting writers and readers, for making a writer’s life more meaningful by bringing validation to the artist and fine work to public attention, they are spending their days nobly. Greenlight is excited to host an evening of readings and conversation with four Four Way Books authors to celebrate the launch of Fall 2021 books; Peter Coyote, author of Tongue of a Crow, and Bruce Willard, author of In Light of Stars, will commemorate the publication of their new collections, supported by pressmates Brian Komei Dempster, author of Seize, and Angela Narciso Torres, author of What Happens Is Neither. The evening is introduced by Four Way Books Associate Director Ryan Murphy.
Peter Coyote’s first collection of poetry takes us on a whirlwind tour of an eclectic and exciting life as an actor and Zen Buddhist priest, meandering from love affairs to marriage to divorce to the Sixties to psychedelic spirituality and beyond. Written over several decades, these poems read as a collage, each piece distinct and contributing to a cohesive lyric narrative.
Willard's love of music combines with his love and respect for the natural world. Often rooted in, or coming out of, domestic encounters, the poems of this collection rise up (much like the clouds over his oft-traversed Rockies), as the speaker throws his attention to earth and sky, better to understand his own dynamic and shifting inner weather.
Seize, Brian Komei Dempster’s follow-up to Topaz, spares no one the highs and lows of fatherhood. The speaker struggles to care for his young and ailing child — a child whose many medical problems create an obstacle course of moral and emotional dilemmas.
“The human body, simultaneously an instance of a promise and the site of trauma and a promise broken, is the boundless occasion of these rich and engaging poems. I love most about them the music of thinking in images, how it encompasses feeling and singing, ranging from the raw and open to the exquisite and philosophical. There is so much yearning in these poems, and so much rejoicing, and wondering out loud about the meaning of our time on earth, especially in the face of pain and suffering.”
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— Katherine Ouellette
"...This stunning volume illuminates scenes of domesticity from within like summer lanterns made from mason jars full of fireflies."
— Diego Báez