PAULA CISEWSKI DOUBLE BOOK LAUNCH
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Hypermodernsupafunkrocksouldisco band PANCAKE7
A multimedia poetry reading with music, diversions, refreshments, and raffle prizes
March 4, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
THE HOOK & LADDER
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Free and open to the public!
Celebrating the release of two new collections:
Quitter, co-winner of the Diode Editions Book Prize
The Threatened Everything, now available for preorder from Burnside Review Press
The poems in Paula Cisewski’s The Threatened Everything take on a teetering, siren-infused world in which “bullets rip through every modern poem,” and the speaker, like the rest of us, is “always and forever on a stairway to a stairway to,” stuck between floors and phrases like an infinitely skipping record. This book is both urban and animal. It inhabits the political realm and a panicked interiority, the elegiac (“This elegy/is for who one man/in a repeating/mirror of men might have been/before violence”) and a newlywed bliss that borders on the hysterical (“happy/as a warehouse stuffed with/white umbrellas popped open!”). I am delighted by Cisewski’s formal virtuosity and her feverish humor, and I’m scared to death—as one should be—by the accuracy of her apocalypse. “We gravel-knee our motherland,” she writes. “We are patriots, Sisters and/Brothers, and our country’s flag is a gaping beak.” This book’s arrival is imperative, urgent. It burns.
Diane Seuss, author of Four-Legged Girl
Paula Cisewski's latest book Quitter is full of labyrinths and scavengers, blossoms and bus commutes, Shakespeare and Chopin and Bowie and Husker Du. Reading it is like commiserating over the end of the world with your smartest friend, only to realize, after a night of dark humor and etudes, that you're just at the halfway point. There is so much more, even as our bodies tether us to so much of the same. Cisewski makes every bit of it beautiful.
Kate Harding, author of Asking for It; The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do About It