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Collected Works Bookstore and the Muse Times Two Poetry Series present a reading by Atsuro Riley and Amy Beeder.
Atsuro Riley grew up in South Carolina and lives in California. His poems, dense with impressions, voices, and glimpses, seem grounded in a North American framework, though they are reminiscent of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Basil Bunting. His work has been published in Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and the 2007 edition of McSweeney's Book of Poets Picking Poets. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Riley's first book of poetry, Romey's Order, is a selection of percussive, performative free-verse poems that explore the Vietnam War, rural life, and the American South.
Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate says, "The best literature forces you out of your old eyes and that's what happens here. Atsuro Riley's Romey's Order is deep craft - brilliant and consuming and thoroughly strange. When you put this book down, American poetry will be different than when you picked it up."
Amy Beeder is a former human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname, and a high school teacher in West Africa. She currently teaches at the University of New Mexico. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Black Warrior Review, and The Nation, among others. She is the author of two collections: Burn the Field and now make an altar.
Of Beeder's book now make an altar, West Branch literary journal notes, "The counterthrust of Beeder's musical rhythms and striking imagery suggest that her project is to make beautiful metaphor of our dangerous world."
The Muse Times Two Poetry Series is a project of Lore of the Land, Inc., a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Donations in support of this poetry program are tax-deductible under the IRS Code.