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Ricky Rapoport Friesem has been named this year’s international Senior Poet Laureate. in the Angel Without Wing’s Foundations 18th annual poetry competition for poet’s age 50 and over. Her winning poem, “Afterlife” was chosen from among the 1,052 entries in this annual poetry competition.
Poetry is a second career for this former Ann Arbor, Michigan resident, who moved to Israel 38 years ago.
Before retiring, she headed the Weizmann Institute of Science’s  PR Department.Her first poetry collection, (Parentheses) won the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Poetry Book Award and her second collection, Laissez-Passer was published in 2009.
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 4:00 p.m.

POETRY READING at Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts

PETER BALAKIAN

 

Please join us for a poetry reading by Peter Balakian who will read from Ziggurat, Phoenix Poets Series from University of Chicago Press, September 2010.

 

Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts

2904 College Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94705

510-704-8222

www.mrsdalloways.com

 

In his new book Ziggurat, Peter Balakian continues to define himself as one of the most distinctive voices of his generation. Exploring history, self, and imagination, as well as his ongoing concerns with catastrophe and trauma, many of Balakian’s new poems wrestle with the aftermath and reverberations of 9/11.

 

Whether reliving the building of the World Trade towers in the inventive forty-three section poem that anchors the book, walking the ruins of the Bosnian National Library in Sarajevo, meditating on Andy Warhol’s silk screens, or considering the confluence of music, language, and memory, Balakian continues his meditations on history, as well as the harshness and beauty of contemporary life, that his readers have enjoyed over the years. In a sensual, layered, and sometimes elliptical language, Balakian in Ziggurat explores absence, war, love, and art in a new age of American uncertainty.

 

“Peter Balakian’s new book Ziggurat ingests calamity and dissolves it into almost exhilarating rhythm and image, pushing the language until it feels like it’s breaking into something new. The work aims to reveal the human capacity to integrate and, after hard passage, transcend.” —Sven Birkerts

 

Peter Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities and professor of English at Colgate University. He is the author of five books of poems and three prose works, including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and American’s Response, a New York Times best seller; and Black Dog of Fate, a memoir, winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize.

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