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Award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist, Nancy Willard reads from her new book of poems, "The Sea at Truro," October 2, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—On Tuesday, October 2, award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist, Nancy Willard will read from her new book of poems, The Sea at Truro. The program will begin at 6:00pm in Taylor Hall, room 203, followed by a reception in Taylor Hall’s Jade Room. The event is sponsored by the English Department and is free and open to the public. This reading marks the publication date by Knopf of The Sea at Truro.

From the publisher: “In images original and telling, these poems range from the ordinary to the eternal. Walt Whitman eats his supper from a sheet of brown paper; a bee, in February, in its ‘smart yellow bands,’ arrives too early in the bare garden to find flowers to feed on; the poet watches the sea at Truro throw out a net ‘that spun itself from the breath of waves, / in threads so fine I saw its shine / in leaf and stone and the sunset’s plumage / and the light that was always there /waiting for me to find it.”

In a New York Times Book Review of one of Willard’s other collections of poems, Gardner McFall wrote that Willard’s “imagery is both elemental and ethereal, her characteristic forms the litany, elegy, and ballad. While she doesn't shy away from painful subjects, her overriding impulse is to celebrate the ordinary.''

Nancy Willard has written two novels, seven books of stories and essays, and 11 books of poetry. A winner of the Devins Memorial Award, she has received NEA grants in both fiction and poetry. Her book Water Walker was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and she received the Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake’s Inn.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 25, 2012