Reading & Signing: Lea Graham and Timothy Bradford
- Categories: Literary
- Event posted: April 5, 2012
- Last updated: April 8, 2012
- Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7 p.m.
- The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St., Lawrence
- Age limit: All ages
Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You by Lea Graham Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You, creates energy by relentlessly kneading its central questions. It mixes sophisticated word choice with images gleaned from mythology and popular culture, but these blur past the reader, like images seen through the window of a train. — Sean Singer discusses why he selected Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club With a wonderful lyric intensity, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You reveals our luscious world. Graham has a voice, and it sings. — Claudia McQuistion reviews Hough & Helix at storySouth . . . a steady thematic thumping of sex and want, a rhythmic book of push and drive. — J.A. Tyler reviews Hough & Helix at PANK Magazine Nomads With Samsonite by Timothy Bradford Timothy Bradford gnaws on the big questions: should I run with my pack, or should I go it alone? Where to find enlightenment? What is a dead animal? What is the spirit's realm? The mind falls into its quandaries, and the body, drunk with it, tags along. These poems, roving across continents, restlessly seek to locate consciousness in the world, a universe which "opens like a tulip / or closes like a fist," where the poet is not afraid to admit: "I forget / which." —Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock and The Book of Jon I have not been so moved by a collection of poems in a long, long time. I thought I was turning into the character Anders from that Tobias Wolff story "Bullet in the Brain," but Nomads With Samsonite saved me. It's heartbreaking slash heartwarming, smart, and enthralling. I found the book "settling on me like an x-ray apron" and transporting me back to a time of poetic innocence I had seemingly lost the instinct to yearn for. — Jerry Williams, author of Admission and Casino of the Sun Deeply ruminative, with the collision of both an expansive & a recitative logic system, Nomads with Samsonite populates the world with exactly what it is already full of. But in this naming & numbering, in these poems of questioning & wondering, Timothy Bradford has presented his readers with a new language for living carefully, with love & attention. — Nate Pritts, author of Big Bright Sun & editor of H_NGM_N