On Monday, 4/15, at 7pm, in the Hodges Library Auditorium, Dr. Marilyn Kallet will will read at UT’s Writers in the Library in celebration of the launch of her new book, The Love That Moves Me, a collection of love poems inspired by Dante’s Inferno, as well as by Rimbaud’s relationship with Verlaine, and by Orpheus and Eurydice. In this collection, Beatrice and Dante find themselves in France, Indiana, and in East Tennessee, bickering at NASCAR. Love is the unifying factor, song is the vehicle, descent is a constant, with re-emergence thankfully part of the narrative. Surrealist humor abounds as Benjamin Péret bursts some Romantic bubbles with his exclamations. This is a sensual and resonant collection offering hints of heaven in the love lyrics, touching upon a range of emotions and forms, from traditional pantoums to experimental verse.
Kallet is the Director of UTK’s Creative Writing program and a professor of English and the author of sixteen books. She has been awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry and was inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame in Poetry in 2005. She has performed her poetry internationally, as well as in theaters and on campuses across the United States. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including New Letters, The Greenfield Review, Ironwood, Seneca Review, Primer, The Slow Loris Reader, Tar River Poetry; Carolina Quarterly; The Louisville Review, Grandmothers, Slipstream; Fine China: Twenty Years of Earth’s Daughters, Life on the Line: Selections on Words & Healing, Voices from the Valley, Always At Home Here: Poems and Insights from Six Tennessee Poets, Prairie Schooner; and the Asheville Poetry Review. Her poem, “Firefly,” has been in American Life in Poetry and Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac (that show is archived at http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2012/07/29).