Recommended by Rich Smith
Every time you think a Jericho Brown poem is about to drown in sentimentality or gushy eroticism, he makes a turn that freezes you solid, or boils you over, or completely vaporizes you. Look no further than every single love poem in his 2014 book The New Testament, which rightly scooped up a bunch of awards for its lyrical beauty and its incisive and understandably cynical perspective on the potential for true racial justice in America. He’ll be joined this evening by novelist Porochista Khakpour, whose memoir about living with late-stage Lyme disease, Sick, is due out this summer from Harper Perennial. Seattle’s very own (and occasional Stranger contributor) Rachel Kessler will offer up some new poems and visual art, and musician Katie Jacobson will present new songs based on the theme of neighborhood watches.