LOCAL>> Barbara Kingsolver - How to Fly
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Join the author as she speaks about her new collection of poems written over decades
How to Fly is a luminous new collection of poems by Barbara Kingsolver.
The second poetry book in the storied career of this beloved, prizewinning author, it was written quietly over several decades before finding its compelling, coherent shape during recent times that seem to call for the bracing insights of poetry.
In more intimate terms than ever before, Kingsolver contemplates the everyday and the metaphysical, offering reflections on the practical, the spiritual, and the wild. Her “how-to” poems apply wisdom and disarming humor to ventures as wide-ranging as marriage and divorce, sheep-shearing, praying to unreliable gods,and of course, flying.
They evoke clear-eyed contemplation of life and death, of art itself, and the transcendent wonders of the natural world in unexpected forms: birdsong and ghost-flowers, ruthless ants, clever shellfish, coral reefs, and thousand-year-old beech trees. In these poignant meditations, readers will recognize Kingsolver’s lyrical voice and also find new surprises.
“I’ve written poems for as long as I can remember, starting with rhyming ditties in childhood that cracked up my siblings, and bleak adolescent confessionals that I kept to myself,” Kingsolver recalls. “In school I studied science, for practical reasons, but I could never stop the poetry from bubbling out of my soul. I have proof of this: the organic chemistry textbook I used in college has poems scribbled in its margins. Eventually my secret writing life proved to be a profession as worthy as science, and I became what I happily am to this day, a writer. I take pleasure in every form, from journalism and narrative nonfiction to short stories, novels, even screenwriting. But I never stopped writing poems, and they’re special to me, like love children. Nobody asks them of me, I just make them for the thrill of it, little bursts of ecstasy popping open wherever they happen to fall.”
How to Fly reveals a new side of Kingsolver’s remarkable talents to her legion of readers, while displaying all the grace, perception, and art we have come to love in her work.
Barbara Kingsolver is the author of nine bestselling works of fiction, including the novels, Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction. Her work of narrative nonfiction is the enormously influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned literary awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts, as well as the prestigious Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her body of work. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
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