Join poet Greg Delanty for a reading from his new book, Selected Delanty. He will be joined by local poet B. Amore.
ABOUT SELECTED DELANTY AND GREG DELANTY: Poems and translations by Greg Delanty chosen and introduced by Archie Burnett.
"A sense of vital, actual experience is in fact wonderfully sustained in Delanty's verse in its notable linguistic energy, product of a distinctive fusion of a literary lexicon (even Latinate at times) with contemporary demotic, Cork argot, Irish language phrases, place names, craft cant and North American slang (baseball lingo in one poem, 'Tagging the Stealer'). The language of his verse functions indeed as the verbal equivalent of the printer's hellbox (subject of one of the finest of Delanty's poems), which the poet tells us 'was a container in which worn or broken type was thrown to be melted down and recast into new type.' For in Delanty's work a world in constant transition (the 'simultaneous going and comings of life') is realized in a vocabulary and variegated tonal register that displays language itself in the process of being re- made." — Terence Brown
Greg Delanty was born in Cork City, Ireland, in 1958 and lived in Cork until 1986. He became a US citizen in 1992, and retains his Irish citizenship. He now lives most of the year in Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Poet in Residence at St. Michael’s College. He returns to his Irish home in Derrynane, County Kerry, each summer. Delanty has either written or edited seventeen books and has received numerous awards for his poetry including The Patrick Kavanagh Award (1983), The Allan Dowling Poetry Fellowship (1986), the Austin Clarke Centenary Poetry Award (1997), and a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry (2008). He has received an Irish Arts Council Bursary, and has been widely anthologized. Greg Delanty’s papers up to 2010 are housed in The National Library of Ireland. His papers from 2010 to 2015 are housed in the Boole Library of University College Cork. He is Past President of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW).
ABOUT B. AMORE: B. Amore is an artist, educator and writer who has spent her life between Italy and America. Life line – filo della vita, her multimedia, six room exhibit, premiered at Ellis Island and has traveled in the US and Italy. It is published as An Italian American Odyssey, Life line-filo della vita: Through Ellis Island and Beyond, by Fordham Press and the Center for Migration studies. She has been a Featured Writer at the Italian American Writers Association, Bluestockings, and the Yale Club New Poetry series. Other publications include Art by Mexican Farmworkers in Vermont, Carving Out a Dream, and her art and poetry reviews in Sculpture magazine, Art New England, the Rutland Herald, and VIA. Her creative writing is found in Brownstone Poets Anthology, Italian Americana, Shabdaguchha, Bridging the Waters I and II, VIA, Biancheria, Speaking Memory, Daughters and Dads and the Path through Grief, The Italian Americans: A History (PBS), and Delirious Naples: A Cultural History of the City of the Sun, among others. She is currently editing Living the Dream, a collected history of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, which she founded thirty years ago, as well as completing her first book of poetry.
DATE: Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Rutland
ADMISSION: Free and open to all.