Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 Brodie Herndon Poetry Reading

We are so excited for this year’s Brodie Herndon Poetry Reading, which will be held on Friday, April 1st at 7 pm. David Wojahn, a major presence in the world of contemporary poetry, will be the guest speaker. He is a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and his newest collection of poems, World Tree, was issued by University of Pittsburgh Press in January.

Wojahn is known for poetry that is both personally and politically intrepid, and World Tree may be his most ambitious collection yet. You'll find an engrossing combination of high and pop culture, all fused with a mix of rich emotion. World Tree connects ancient history to contemporary issues using insightful and engaging composition. For example, a fascinating collection of images is used to help explore the connection between the ancient and the now. Both the individual poems and the book as a whole feature an architecture that is bold and exciting. Wojahn is also known for exploring themes of life and mortality, which he continues to do in this collection. Here's a taste of Wojahn's work: "In the Attic", printed in an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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