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Oct. 19, 2004

Nov. 2 WSUI Reading Features Return Of Iowa City Poet Jennifer Dick

Poets Jennifer K. Dick and Julie Carr will read from their debut collections, winners in the Contemporary Poetry Series Competition, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading will be taped for later broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Dick, a native of Iowa City who now lives in Paris, will read from "Flourescence," and Carr will read from "Mead: An Epithalamion."

Poet Cole Swensen, a faculty member in the UI Writers' Workshop, wrote of "Flourescence": "The project underlying this collection is precision, and Jennifer Dick carries it out beautifully, always keeping her language as sharp and explorative as her questioning. A strong, beautiful book throughout."

Poet Srikanth Reddy observed, "Reading the book is like watching film footage of an explosion at a railway station in reverse; we begin with language in diaspora -- words scattered across the page, across consciousness, across the political map -- and we arrive, curiously, at a reconstituted world of forms. It is the literary progression from trauma toward understanding; and readers, in the end, will be left with the timely and ethical understanding that words are 'abbreviations for what is in their hands.'"

Claudia Rankine, author of "Plot," responded to Carr's book, "'Mead: An Epithalamion' charts the vicissitudes of a marriage or a mind or the sentence. Change and flux govern each turn in this collection of domestic moments. Carr emerges us so completely into the dailiness of this form that even when it is threatened by the fantasy of dissolution we understand fantasy to be just another interruption defining the familial self. The representational language that governs the text becomes the necessary choice to prevent the obliteration of that self."

And poet Reginald Shepherd, a UI alumnus, wrote, "Carr's stunning book-length epithalamion cracks open marriage and motherhood as if they were geodes, exposing the dazzle within."

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