Poet to give talk at MCL

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MANCHESTER CENTER >> The Manchester Community Library and Northshire Bookstore will present "A Celebration of Poetry with Major Jackson" at the Library on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Jackson will discuss his newest collection, Roll Deep, and speak about the importance of poetry as it defines us as humans and serves as a record of our existence.

In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of rolling deep to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences. The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topics, most prominently human intimacy and war. And like his best work to date, these poems create new experiences with language owed to Jackson's willingness to once again seek a rhythmic sound that expresses the unique realities of the twenty-first century with humor and understanding. Whether set in Nairobi, Madrid, or Greece, the poems are sensuously evocative and unapologetically with-it, in their effort to build community across borders of language and style.

Jackson is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors. He teaches at the University of Vermont and is the poetry editor of the Harvard Review. His first book, "Leaving Saturn," was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. Each of his last two collections, "Hoops" and "Holding Company," was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature Poetry. Jackson lives in South Burlington.

The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave., at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Major Jackson's books will be available for purchase. Call the Bookstore at 802-362-2200 or the Library at 802-362-2607 for more information.


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