Poetry of the Ephemeral: Sherwin Bitsui & Diana Khoi Nguyen

Fri. March 22, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Vault Virginia

300 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902


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Acclaimed poets Sherwin Bitsui (Dissolve) and Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of) read from and discuss their new collections of poetry. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“The formal integrity of [Dissolve] enables seamless transitions from the momentary to the timeless, from each disorienting and dazzling idea to the next… Bitsui’s exhilarating poetics lay in the blur of time, the slow and sure slide from ghostlike ideas into haunted-looking things, in constant erasure and redrawing: ‘No language but its rind / crackling in the past tense.'”―Publishers Weekly

“Bitsui’s poetry returns things to their basic elements and voice in a flowing language rife with illuminating images. A great reading experience for those who like serious and innovative poetry.”―Library Journal

Ghost Of is nothing short of an extraordinary debut. These poems are uncanny renderings of an invisibility made visible by the sheer will of candor, bemused forms, agility of lexicon, and a voice, almost noiselessly extravagant. What she gives us, she takes away; nearly impossible transformations transform. ‘Something keeps not happening,’ she writes. And then she causes it to happen in a language of grief—bold and often colder than most daring, exquisite acts.”—Terrance Hayes, author of Lighthead

Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen wrestles with what remains in the wake of a death in the family. Nguyen’s work is neither an exorcism nor an unhaunting, but a mourning song that reaches across time, space, and distance toward loved ones, ancestors, and strangers.”—Publishers Weekly