Jan. 17, 7:00 pm – Author Appearance: Eric Pankey, “Augury”
Date(s) - 01/17/18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Author Appearance: Eric Pankey, Augury –
Eric Pankey will read from his latest poetry collection Augury (Milkweed Editions, Nov. 2017), which “explor[es] the presence of the divine in the seemingly ordinary.”
Pankey is the author of thirteen collections of poetry. He is the recipient of a Walt Whitman Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Library of Virginia Literary Award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Field, Gettysburg Review, and Poetry Daily, as well as numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2011 (edited by Kevin Young). He is currently a professor of English and Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
Praise for Augury:
“In Augury, Eric Pankey speculates on the largest of human questions, searching for faith even while fully cognizant that ‘you can excavate the scents / but still not find the source.’ Ultimately, short of hard evidence, Augury risks it all on a belief in language, in the words and marks traced by humankind on a blank page. Faith may be found in the materiality of language itself, and Pankey’s deft skill with its music and image ‘both the large and the granular’ persuades us. These poems demonstrate an unparalleled command of the lyric and its capacious potential. In poems like dropped stitches, aphoristic sequences, and exquisitely lineated verse, language is placed under pressure to yield its seething dynamism and urgency.
“This is a book I will keep close at hand, alongside the best work of Montale, Dickinson, Celan, and Stevens. This is a book one will turn to again and again.“―Rebecca Dunham
“These pages are marked by the startling confidence of one who knows he does not know, who ‘at a loss for words,’ responds by writing poems. There is no more audacious act; there is no work more humble. Eric Pankey writes poems that give us back, if not the world, our relation to it―where we can learn from what resists understanding, where even withholding reveals, where the future includes all the past, and though the mind might be obliterated by the light it seeks, it seeks it still, in the ruins and in the orchard.”―Dan Beachy-Quick
This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.