Poetry at Literati returns to Ann Arbor as we welcome H.R. Webster in support of her debut collection What Follows, joined by poet Tommye Blount.
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About What Follows: "What a lively, funny, lacerating book of poems from this gutsy little zombie, H.R. Webster, who knows the world through direct, often brutal, experience, and ravishingly, through the senses. Here is a poet who knows (t)he refrigerator warm with the animal smell / of butter, the shy hysteria / of doves, (h)unters storming through the gum trees like house cats / cut from their bells, and the dick velvet of the apricot under a thumb, and also the reality of factory work, those efficient little gestures, the left hand ready for what the right hand wrought, that don't belong in a poem, but here they are. Here it all is, trauma and the genius of survival via the genius of imagination married to the genius of truth-telling. There is so much muchness in What Follows--I must follow it."--Diane Seuss, author of frank: sonnets
H.R. Webster has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, and the Helen Zell Writers' Program. Her work has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, 32Poems, Muzzle, and Ecotone.
A Cave Canem alumnus, Tommye Blount is the author of What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016). A graduate of Warren Wilson College's MFA Program for Writers, he has been the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kresge Arts in Detroit and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Born and raised in Detroit, Blount now lives in the nearby suburb of Novi, Michigan.