We're pleased to welcome Jennifer Metsker to our At Home with Literati Series in support of her poetry collection Hypergraphia and Other Failed Attempts at Paradise. She will be joined in conversation by Ellen Stone.
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"In her exploration of mental illness, Metsker reminds me that poets are natural chroniclers of the line between a mind's inventiveness and its unmooring. For a poem to function, the figurative has to feel real. Poems that draw us into their irrationalities can allow us to reach more rational states and understandings. While in poetry there is often this leaving sense and coming back to it, with mental illness, there is a similar, more severe leaving but not always a return. 'Tomorrow will be another story, another pause by the window that could turn into a lifetime wearing cinched jackets.' Just the opposite of a straight jacket, this book reads as a liberation from the fear that a familiar self, once lost, cannot be regained. While it's 'hard to stick a landing in sand, ' to find a way to sense when sense has been taken away, Metsker has done just that."--Bob Hicok
Ellen Stone advises Poetry Club at Community High School and co-hosts a monthly poetry series, Skazat! in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is the author of What Is in the Blood (Mayapple Press, 2020) and The Solid Living World (Michigan Writers’Cooperative Press, 2013). Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart prize and Best of the Net.