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A Reading by Bob Perelman
September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Bob Perelman is the author of fourteen poetry collections, including Iflife, Virtual Reality, The First World, Ten to One: Selected Poems, and, most recently, Jack and Jill in Troy from Roof Books. He collaborated with his wife, the painter Francie Shaw, on Playing Bodies. His latest critical book is Modernism the Morning After. He taught at Penn for twenty-five years and now lives in Berkeley.
About Jack and Jill in Troy: “Bob Perelman’s latest book, Jack and Jill in Troy, makes use of the rapid clarity of Homer and the elemental incantations of nursery talk to create a compelling array of poems that speak to our present moment with tragic humor and urgent, skeptical directness. A rather R-rated version of Jack and Jill appear in some poems, as if a worldly-wise Mother Goose is addressing young and old in the same breath. In other poems the world of the Iliad appears — permanent war economy, never-finished gender negotiations, continual power disputes, absolute hierarchies arbitrarily enforced — but both these nursery matters and the ancient epic trappings are brought forward to provide a wide-angle frame onto our own situation.”