Jack Powers launches "Still Love" on February 26th at 4pm
Join us for the book launch of "Still Love" by Jack Powers on Sunday February 26th. In five sets of "broken" sonnets, Jack Powers juggles questions for readers, watching himself and those he loves strut, waltz, or simply sit on life's stages. He builds subtle poems from laughter's textures, sorrow's colors, hope's breath. Registration suggested.
About the book:
So listen-and watch--as sonnet rules loosen, lines lengthen, images double back and become symbols, and stories echo other stories. Last Acts come first in this collection, followed by portraits of relationships which are Still Love: a stoned teen grilling burgers for his family; Alice Neel painting brutally honest self-portraits. Sonnet form runs like tangled wire through Powers' book, perhaps most noticeably in the Still Love pieces, and in the section titled Unruly Love, where form and content collaborate in unruling the expected rules. Noble Suffering poems are case studies testing philosophical notions about the value of suffering-with ... tentative results. Still, the final section of Still Love, aptly titled Surrender, ends with a memory of a young Jack, "floating, surrendering/ to the current, a contented speck of the quick river, white moon, black night."
About the author:
Jack Powers is the author of two poetry collections: Everybody's Vaguely Familiar (2019) and Still Love (2023). His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Salamander, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. He won the 2015 and 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contests and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 Rattle Poetry Prizes. Visit his website: http://www.jackpowers13.com/poetry/.