Thursday, April 27: Award-winning poet Robert Wrigley joins us from Moscow, Idaho for a reading from his new collection, Box. 7pm.
“[A] historian of the present. His smart, moving poems are attuned to the drama of the moment, and his honest, musical language lifts real experience daily into art.”—Billy Collins
“When he gave me the box, I asked my father / what’s this for? And he responded, ‘Anything that will fit. / Anything you can imagine.” These are the lines that end the title poem of Robert Wrigley’s eleventh collection, Box, a book of poems obsessed with containment and written with verve, alacrity, and attuned lyricism. A Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and Poets’ Prize winner and recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Wrigley has become one of the most accomplished poets of his generation, renowned for his irony, power, and lucid style.
Robert Wrigley’s previous collections of poetry include Anatomy of Melancholy (2013), winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award; Beautiful Country (2010); Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (2006); Lives of the Animals (2003), winner of The Poet’s Prize; and Reign of Snakes (1999), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He lives with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes, in the woods near Moscow, Idaho.