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Poetry Reading // Susan Kolodny and Susanne Dyckman

Join us for an evening of poetry with Bay Area poets Susan Kolodny and Susanne Dyckman. Local poet Kathleen Patterson will be opening!

Susan Kolodny’s poems appear in many literary journals and anthologies. Her first collection, After the Firestorm, was published in 2011 by Mayapple Press. A psychoanalyst, she is the author of The Captive Muse: On Creativity and Its Inhibition (PsychoSocial Press, 2000). She teaches at The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and practices in Oakland. Preserve is her second collection.

A woman goes on a journey. She moves through time and space. Her attention is acute, always asking of the journey itself, “What border are we crossing?” So it is that Susan Kolodny’s Preserve takes the reader not only to the natural habitats of Africa, but on an interior voyage where the mind “slowed, discovers/ its intricate course.” In these poems, awareness has an animating grace: whether observing a birthday, a python, or an elephant who “carries/ a branch bouquet of green,” Kolodny compels the reader to surrender to “the curiosity that is a form of love.” - Elizabeth Robinson

Susanne Dyckman’s most recent collection of poetry is A Dark Ordinary (Furniture Press Books, 2016). She is also the author of equilibrium’s form (Shearsman Books, 2007) and three chapbooks, Counterweight, Transiting Indigo, and Source. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals as well as in the Paper Kite Press and As if it Fell from the Sun (EtherDome) anthologies. She has taught creative writing at both the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University, and has been a co-editor of Five Fingers Review and Instance Press. She lives and writes in Albany, California.

In poems that manage to be both pity-less and mercy-full, Susanne Dyckman’s A Dark Ordinary takes us deep inside the lives of Lewis Hine’s early 20 th century photographic subjects: child laborers, low-wage workers, and newly arrived immigrants on Ellis Island. Dyckman gestures toward the indignities, disappointments, and even horrors that mark their lives while she simultaneously lays bare their shining, irrepressible human light. These poems are sparse and beautifully composed missives to us, her readers, on the lasting and expansive nature of humankind. As Dyckman writes: “We are / finite and frightening / or an infinite always / from somewhere else." - Laura Sims

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 6:00pm
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964 Pearl St
Napa, CA 94559
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ISBN: 9781940092157
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Published: Furniture Press Books - October 1st, 2016

Poetry. "In poems that manage to be both pity-less and mercy-full, Susanne Dyckman's A DARK ORDINARY takes us deep inside the lives of Lewis Hine's early 20th century photographic subjects: child laborers, low-wage workers, and newly arrived immigrants on Ellis Island.


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Published: Shearsman Books - March 15th, 2007

In Susanne Dyckman's first full-length collection, following from her Etherdome Press chapbook published in 2005, poetic tonalities and phrasings are used to disrupt the chronology of past and present. Language plays - and replays - across the page, radiating from interiority to historical concreteness and back again.


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ISBN: 9781635343168
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Published: Finishing Line Press - October 20th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781936419074
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Published: Mayapple Press - November 5th, 2011

Poetry. Susan Kolodny draws on her work as a clinical psychoanalyst in her first collection of poetry, AFTER THE FIRESTORM. Kolodny's evocative style arises from an imagination both sensual and analytical. The poems suggest the unity of love and suffering, and walk a difficult line between the pleasures of the sensory world and its dormant, invisible dimensions.