#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Katie Ford & Mary Szybist

Join poets Katie Ford and Mary Szybist on Monday, August 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m., at Powell's Books on Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon, for a reading and conversation.

The poems in Katie Ford’s fourth and latest collection, If You Have to Go (Graywolf Press, 2018), implore their audience—the divine and the human—for attention, for revelation, and, perhaps above all, for companionship. The extraordinary sequence at the heart of Ford’s new book taps into the radical power of the sonnet form, bending it into a kind of metaphysical and psychological outcry. Beginning in the cramped space of selfhood – in the bedroom, cluttered with doubts, and in the throes of marital loss – these poems edge toward the clarity of “what I can know and admit to knowing.” Ford will be joined by Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine (Graywolf Press, 2013), winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry.

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