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Literature On Fire In the City of Lights; Guernica Author Sue Chenette at the Poets Live Reading

Paris Lit Up has written a review of Poets Reading Live that took place in Paris, June 18th, at Carr’s Pub with Guernica author Sue Chenette.

Paris Lit Up writes:

Sue Chenette read first, from her most recent book The Bones of His Being (Guernica 2013), which “explores loss and what remains. She finds – in old photographs, in subtle exchanges, and in quiet moments – the skeletal shape of her dead father. Within the underbelly of grief, at the heart of loss, she also uncovers fragments of herself ” (reviewed here). The inception of the book was in a conversation with Sue’s friend and fellow poet, Barbara Beck (editor of Upstairs at Duroc magazine). The poems from this collection were beautifully delicate songs of grief, full of memorable images; Sue talked of ‘outer limbs like swaying dancers’ arms holding candles’. She gave an expressive reading of poems about her father’s depression – the poem ‘Simple Gifts’ spoke of his favourite song and her memories of singing it with him during dark times. She followed this with a selection of poems from a sequence about her father’s death, these poems both written and read with affecting poignancy: ‘[Sue’s] father was the kind of man who took pride in fine work’, and his daughter’s verses about him are fine poetry.

Check out some of the photos from the night below:

IMG_4388IMG_4382IMG_4381(Sue with Andrew Parkin, another reader from the night, and Pansy Mauer-Alvarez, the organizer of the Poets Live series).

Congratulations to Sue for this phenomenal event! For the full review, click here.

 

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