Willie Lin, Conversation Among Stones
November 6 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pmFree
Through fields of wild grass, restless seascapes, and cities tinged with sand, Willie Lin’s debut collection of poetry questions what can remain and what must be pared away in our search for truth. Conversation Among Stones speaks both to the inanimate— misremembered histories, photographs, the dead—and to the voices in our daily lives that reverberate with disagreement and confusion. With striking restraint and simultaneous abundance, these poems attempt to reconcile the desire for answers with the necessity of not knowing.
“Willie Lin’s poems offer us the twinnedness of could-be and might-have-been with is, the bewildering promises of religious practice, and the vital mystery of one’s parents’ early lives. These beautiful, solemn poems are radiant with the precision of Lin’s language and the clarity of her images.” —Éireann Lorsung
Willie Lin is the author of the chapbooks Lesser Bird of Paradise (MIEL) and Instructions for Folding (Northwestern University Press), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. The recipient of fellowship and scholarship support from Kundiman and the Summer Workshop Program at the Fine Arts Work Center, her poems have appeared in Bennington Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Threepenny Review, among other journals.
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