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Julia B. Levine - Ordinary Psalms

Presented by THE 222 - Healdsburg at THE 222 - Healdsburg, Healdsburg CA

May 20
Julia B. Levine - Ordinary Psalms

JULIA B. LEVINE is the author of four previous poetry collections, including Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. She is also a recipient of the Discovery/The Nation Award and the Pablo Neruda Pri

Julia will be reading from her fifth collection of poetry, Ordinary Psalms, published by Louisiana University Press. In it, LSU says, the speaker "asks everyday life to help her learn how to see beyond appearances into fundamental truths.” As she contemplates the loss of one friend to cancer and another to suicide, along with her own impending visual impairment, Levine holds the world “close as I needed / to see.” Imagistic, lyrical, and at times imploring divine intervention from a god she does not know or trust, these poems curse and praise the extraordinary place we live in and are in danger of losing. Lamenting that “this world is a mortal affliction / with wounds in the beautiful,” Ordinary Psalms provides a seductive and lyric rumination on radiance, loss, and grief.


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  • May 20, 2022 at 07:00 pm (Fri)
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