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VIRTUAL EVENT: CARRIE FOUNTAIN - The Life

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:00pm
Virtual Event
Free
The Life (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143136019
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2021

In conversation with Maggie Smith

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ABOUT THE LIFE

An acclaimed poet deepens her exploration of the domestic in a new collection of playful and wise poems

The poems in Carrie Fountain’s third collection, The Life, exist somewhere, as Rilke says, between “our daily life” and “the great work”—an interstitial space where sidelong glances live alongside shouts to heaven. In elegant, colloquial language, Fountain observes her children dressing themselves in fledgling layers of personhood, creating their own private worlds and personalities, and makes room for genuine marvels in the midst of routine. Attuned to the delicate, fleeting moments that together comprise a life, these poems offer a guide by which to navigate the signs and symbols, and to pilot if not the perfect life, the only life, the life we are given.


ABOUT CARRIE FOUNTAIN

Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Tin HousePoetry, and The New Yorker, among others. She is the author of the poetry collections Burn Lake, a National Poetry Series winner, and Instant Winner, along with the young adult novel I’m Not Missing. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Fountain received her MFA as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently writer in residence at St. Edward’s University, she lives in Austin with her husband, playwright and novelist Kirk Lynn, and their two children.

ABOUT MAGGIE SMITH

Maggie Smith is the author of five books, including Good Bones, Keep Moving, and a new collection of poems, Goldenrod, forthcoming from One Signal/Simon & Schuster in July 2021. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Southern Review, the Guardian, the Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry. A freelance writer
and editor, Smith is on the poetry faculty of Spalding University’s MFA program and serves as an Editor at Large for the Kenyon Review.


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