Melissa Stein's TERRIBLE BLOOMS w/ Tomás Q. Morín

Join us for a poetry reading with Melissa Stein and Tomás Q. Morín!

In Melissa Stein's lush, disturbing second collection, Terrible Blooms, exquisite images are salvaged from harm and survival. Set against the natural world's violence--both ordinary and sublime--pain shines jewel-like out of these poems, illuminating what lovers and families conceal. Stein uses her gifts for persona and lyric richness to build worlds that are vivid, intricate, tough, sexy, and raw: "over and over // life slapping you in the face / till you're newly burnished / flat-out gasping and awake." Breathless with risk and redemption, Terrible blooms shows how loss claims us and what we reclaim. 

"Mingling images of violence and beauty until they can no longer be extricated from each other, Terrible Blooms is at once a battle cry and a gentle reclamation." --LitHub, 10 New Poetry Collections to Read during National Poetry Month

"If these poems are mordant, they're also rich and sensual and glittering... Excellent poetry." --Library Journal, starred review

Her poems disturb and disrupt, are brushed clean of cliché; her images sting . . . there's a tough and sexy gleam to these poems." --Poetry magazine

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible blooms (Copper Canyon Press, 2018) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, New England Review, Best New Poets, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: 40 Essays on Philip Levine, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. He is at work on a memoir about fathers. He teaches at Drew University and in the low residency MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Terrible Blooms Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595295
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 17th, 2018

Rough Honey (Apr Honickman 1st Book Prize) Cover Image
By Melissa Stein, Mark Doty (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780977639595
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Published: American Poetry Review - October 5th, 2010

Patient Zero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556594939
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 4th, 2017

A Larger Country (Apr Honickman 1st Book Award) Cover Image
By Tomas Q. Morin, Tom Sleigh (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780966339598
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Published: American Poetry Review - November 6th, 2012