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Michael Rerick – THE SWITCH YARDS with C.C. Hannett & Bryan Edenfield
May 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 12, join Michael Rerick for a celebration of his book THE SWITCH YARDS, from Finishing Line Press.
Reading with Michael are C.C. Hannett and Bryan Edenfield, both from Seattle.
About THE SWITCH YARDS
This book exists in the liminal spaces between waking and sleeping, between shifting thoughts, between words, between what we are and what we’re meant to be. It is occasionally tranquil, often uncomfortable, and always surprising.
What starts with a walk and a dream in Michael Rerick’s newest collection springs suddenly out into the world full as it is with war and confusion, with science and shopping, with lightning and what’s lost when it strikes again. He divines definitions for things and their slippery components as they interchange and get renamed. Where “the legend key reads/part future part night” we can see whenever we say “we know so much,” how little we actually know – but the possibilities of knowing what we have and what we’ll lose is omni-present and astonishing.
C. C. Hannett is the byname of Kris Hall; a poet who writes and lives with his wife and their animals in the PNW. He is the author of the chapbooks, Notes for Xenos Vesparum (Shotgun Wedding, an imprint of Alice Blue Books), and Dillinger on the Beach (Horse Less Press). He is the former curator of the reading series Da’daedal and Ogopogo. Both series took place in Seattle, WA and focused on showcasing interdisciplinary work. His next book, Triune (Spuyten Duyvil) will be released in the Summer of 2018.
“I have long said that C. C. Hannett is one of the best things Seattle has going for it—this leaves no doubt. Occasional, full of the everyday made extraordinary, like a Frank O’Hara poem but tucked behind a weird curtain of language. These poems are brilliant, funny, sad, and very real. Because let’s face it, taking selfies at our age does seem ridiculous. But we’ll probably do it anyway.”
“Hannett loves words, which dance and death drop in this neo-Surrealist collection. The poet swoops from the natural world through the scientific and into the pop-induced angst of millennial social media, asking questions that are far more dreadful than they at first seem: “When is it okay to unfriend the dead?” This collection fizzes and crackles with the tension of the young poet facing the world of 2017.”
-Evan J. Peterson
Bryan Edenfield was born in Arizona but has lived in Seattle since 2007. He is the director of the (currently inactive) literary arts organization, Babel/Salvage. He hosted and curated the Glossophonic Showcase and the Ogopogo Performance Series. His writing has been published here and there and he has published the writings of others. He is currently one of the Jack Straw Writers for 2018.