Award-winning poets Marilyn Kallet and Keith Flynn will perform poetry from their latest books at the August Knoxville Writers’ Guild (KWG) meeting.
The event, which will be open to the public, begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave.
Flynn fronts a band called Keith Flynn and the Holy Men and Kallet is known for her fantastic live poetry readings, so this won’t be your typical poetry reading. “Keith Flynn and I are both performers; we don’t read poetry, we aim to embody it,” Kallet said. Her latest collection is titled The Love that Moves Me (Black Widow Press, 2013) and will be the bulk of her performance, although Kallet promises to read a couple of new poems. Flynn, editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, will be reading exclusively from his latest, Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013). The KWG August meeting will be his 42nd show out of 86 scheduled for this book tour.
The Love that Moves Me consists primarily of love poems – some are funny, sensual and some sing the blues. Even the “anti-love” poems are love poems, Kallet, director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, said. The book includes a poem about buying an expensive cooked chicken that is actually about, “Love of good food and love of poetry that turns the bad stuff into the “gold” of art. That’s our alchemy!,” she added.
The poems of “Colony Collapse Disorder” form a geopolitical abecedarium that lives up to Flynn’s reputation as “a seminal force in poetry … a voice for the dispossessed… with rock-gospel charisma and riddle-like revelations.”
Additional information about Flynn can be found at www.keithflynn.net. Information about Kallet and her work can be found at redroom.com/member/marilyn-kallet. For more information about this and other KWG events, visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.