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Library Book Club

Friday, January 18th – Friday, January 18th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In 2013, the library will ask individuals from varied backgrounds to select a title that has been meaningful to them. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance by emailing library@poetryfoundation.org.
January’s curator, Jayne Anne Phillips, selected Irene McKinney’s Unthinkable: Selected Poems for the following reasons:
“Irene McKinney's Unthinkable: Selected Poems, represents three decades of direct, forceful, vernacular work addressed to us, her readers and listeners. McKinney's poems embody the rhythms of speech, not written discourse, and her themes are timeless connection with the land, with seasons and animals, with people, with loss and grief and joy. Like Wislawa Szymborska or Ruth Stone, McKinney is an independent spirit powered by clarity and compassion. Grounded in Appalachian history, geography, and custom, her poems draw on a wide range of poetic and spiritual traditions and tell truths we immediately recognize as universal. McKinney, a major American poet, is represented here in the breadth and depth of her achievement. Unthinkable is a revelation."
Jayne Anne Phillips' most recent novel, Lark and Termite, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the NBCC Award, won the Heartland Prize. An English Professor at Rutgers-Newark, she directs the Rutgers Newark MFA Program and the Writers@Newark Reading Series.

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  • Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.
    Current Exhibition
    Jan 12, 2017 – May 26, 2017

    This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.