Poets Kathy Davis (Passiflora), Danielle Beazer Dubrasky (Drift Migration), and Cathryn Hankla (Not Xanadu) read from and discuss their recent collections. All three hold ties with Virginia and depict its landscape as well as other locations in their verse. Each poet engages with the natural world, using the images and occurrences there to illustrate their internal environment. In conversation with Erika Howsare.
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“Kathy Davis’ poems may begin in the domestic, but almost invariably end in a place that is startling, unfamiliar, and quietly estranging…. Hers is a voice of unobtrusive confidence, whether she is fashioning wry character studies or stern self-reckonings. These are haunting, bittersweet, and slyly consoling poems. Passiflora is a debut collection of the very first order.”—David Wojahn, author of Interrogation Palace
“Danielle Dubrasky has ventured into the heart of a truly American secret: that landscape is both childhood and origin—but eternally revised, eternally revisited. In Drift Migration, chance and fate together weather the earth into a new mind. These are urgent poems, mindful yet wonderfully reckless in their bold devotion.” —Donald Revell, author of Drought-Adapted Vine
“A close observer of both nature and the use and misuse of language, a runner, a native Appalachian, a mindful woman, [Cathryn] Hankla can suggest volumes in the merest phrase. These lyric and keen poems have in equal measure seriousness of purpose and lightness of touch.” —Carol Moldaw, author of Beauty Refracted