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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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Quotes & Highlights

“(Stern’s) poems are not only great poems, memorable ones, but ones that get into your heart and stay there.” —-Toi Derricotte
“What a hammer, what a velvet wrecking ball, what a rip tooth saw (Ross Gay’s) Against Which is!” —Thomas Lux


Rich in metaphor, Gerald Stern’s poems brim with light and darkness, sing with personal history and revelation, and teem with praise and mourning for the everyday life.  His books of poetry include Everything Is Burning_, American Sonnets_, Last Blue: Poems, and This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award. In 2005, he received the Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry.

In Ross Gay’s first book, Against Which, his poetry embraces the physicality of a violent and dark world with emotionally searing language. Evocative and vibrant, his is a new and welcomed voice.

Conversation moderated by Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser.  A reception with wine, cheese, and chocolate will follow.

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