Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Arts Club of Washington Reading -- Ted Genoways

I went to a reading at the Art Club of Washington, and one of the poets was Ted Genoways, Editor of VQR and author of "Anna, washing." The book is a sonnet sequence about a Finnish immigrants Anna and Abe Malm, who travel to Alaska during the gold rush in the 1800s. From the first few sonnets I've read (and the ones I've heard) it's a visceral work with remarkable imagery and a great story of surviving obstacles and enduring hardship. I'm looking forward to reading the rest. (The Arts Club is in a building where President Monroe lived after the White House was burned during the War of 1812 -- neat!)

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