10720 Preston Rd. Ste. 1009B | Dallas, Texas 75230


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Natalie J. Graham, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Friday, November 17th, 7:00PM
Event address: 
10720 Preston Road
Ste 1009B
Dallas, TX 75230
Begin with a Failed Body: Poems (Cave Canem Poetry Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820351209
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2017

This collection of poems begins rooted in the landscape of the U.S. South as it voices singular lives carved out of immediate and historical trauma. While these poems dwell in the body, often meditating on its frailty and desire, they also question the weight that literary, historical, and religious icons are expected to bear. Within the vast scope of this volume, the poems arc from a pig farmer’s funeral to Georges de la Tour’s paintings and Toni Morrison’s BELOVED. With an ear tuned to the lift and lilt of speech, they wring song from sorrow and plant in every dirge a seed of jubilation. Rich in clarity and decisive in her attention to image, Natalie J. Graham writes resonant, lush poetry.

Natalie will read with Dallas poet Julia Leverone, an instructor of writing, poetry, and Spanish at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her second chapbook of poems, Little Escape, won the Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award and is emerging from JMWW of Baltimore this fall. Julia is also a translator, with poems from the Spanish placed in Copper Nickel, Witness, and more journals, and her collection of selected poems by Paco Urondo, titled Fuel and Fire, will be published by Diálogos Press of New Orleans in 2018. Julia edits the magazine Sakura Review.