Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Transitory
November 13 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pmFree
Epistolary in nature, these commemorative poems are “gleaned sketches” attempting to reconstruct lives and deaths from the typically scarce information made available on the internet. Seen through the lenses of whiteness and privilege from the last quarter of a lifetime, the poems navigate the desire to be at home in our bodies, to be loved and desired without danger, and most of all, to live free, healthy, and welcome in the world we inhabit.
“Having roots in documentary poetics, and approached with deep lyric intensity, the poems in Transitory stand as elegies to the transgender people murdered in the U.S. in 2020. Written in a whirlwind of forms, containing facts from public records and snippets of dialogue from the murdered victims, their loved ones, and strangers, and the details— ‘fingerless black gloves,’ ‘Her love for My Little Pony,’ that compose a life.”— Diane Seuss
Subhaga Crystal Bacon’s first poetry collection, Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey (BOA, 2003), was awarded the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize by Stephen Dunn. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the United States and Canada, and she has presented essays on Elizabeth Bishop in Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and Ouro Preto, Brazil.
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