Join Tavern Books for a reading by Megan Levad at Powell's Burnside. Levad will read from her latest collection, WHAT HAVE I TO SAY TO YOU, and will be joined by poets Rodney Koeneke and Sandra Simonds. Event is free and open to the public.
Praise from Norman Dubie: "This is a voice that would tell a lover only the harsh skinny about itself and the most terrible truth, not about our fascination with the selfie, but instead the polaroid. This is a smart love of everyone and nearly everything and it graciously leaves behind unforgettable minimal/maximal artifacts that are vivid songs, alive and formal. What a wonderful human accomplishment this book is."
MEGAN LEVAD is the author of two Tavern Books titles: Why We Live in the Dark Ages (2015) and What Have I to Say to You (2018). Levad's poems have appeared in Tin House, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Mantis, the Everyman’s Library anthology Killer Verse, and London art and fashion magazine AnOther. She also writes lyrics for composers Tucker Fuller and Kristin Kuster. A native of rural Iowa, Megan currently lives in San Francisco.
Whip-smart, funny, and intimate, WHAT HAVE I TO SAY TO YOU is Megan Levad’s much-anticipated second full-length poetry collection. Taking as its impetus the William Carlos Williams phrase “the stain of love is upon the world,” the book wanders through the ordinary world of lovers, sisters, high-school football, and agriculture in an unflinchingly interrogative voice. Levad is an intellectual and theorist to the core.