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Paisley Rekdal with Dana Levin

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Elliott Bay Book Company Capitol Hill
Thu., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. 2017

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Recommended by Rich Smith

The best essay I read this year was called "Nightingale: A Gloss," and it was written by Seattle writer (but current University of Utah prof) Paisley Rekdal and published in the American Poetry Review. In a straightforward, no-bullshit tone, and with her characteristically sharp eye for scholarly associations, Rekdal weaves the story of a sexual assault she experienced while hiking alone in Loch Ness with Ovid’s story of Philomela, other rapes of antiquity, and also with the story of her writing a poem called “Philomela.” Her reckoning of the assault, and her reckoning of her own reckoning, reveals sexual violence for what it is: a pillar, not an aberration, of Western civilization. She has two new books coming out: a book of poems from Copper Canyon called Imaginary Vessels and a book-length essay called The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam. So if she doesn’t read "Nightingale" at this event, seek it out.

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  • Thu., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. 2017