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Poetry reading: Rebecca Wolff, Christian Schlegel and Chris Martin

Poet, novelist, and Fence Books founder Rebecca Wolff's internal monologue made external in poetry is uncanny. Her musical and darkly funny fourth collection, One Morning, spans language, culture, art history, love, passion, grief, consumerism, environmental devastation, and the ekphrastic experience of pop and high culture. She experiments with torque, energy, narrative—two steps ahead of herself with the reader on her heels.

Rebecca Wolff is the author of four collections of poetry, one novel, and numerous pieces of occasional prose. Her first book, Manderley, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Robert Pinsky. Her second, Figment, was selected for the Barnard Women Poets Prize by Claudia Rankine and Eavan Boland. Her third, The King, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009. Her novel The Beginners was published by Riverhead in 2011. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony for the Arts. In 1998, Wolff founded the influential literary journal Fence; in 2001 she founded Fence Books and launched The Constant Critic website. Wolff lives in Hudson, New York, and is currently a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany

Poetry. With setting moons, talking tulips, and the peacefulness found in a horse's mane, the poems in Christian Schlegel's debut collection Honest James might be as difficult to describe as the layered notes of an ancient perfume.

"A famous notion twirled and froze. I made it mine. / Again it twirled." This unabashedly lyrical collection, which never shies away from rhyme, includes various cameos, including Goethe in its second section, with the end result being what John Ashbery calls "one of the strangest books of poetry to come along in some time."

"In Christian Schlegel's HONEST JAMES you'll find literary mannerism lightly wielded, gesture for its own sake, a bit of lace at the cuff. The title—a reference to Wordsworth's Prelude—reflects the antiquing and old world light in these pages. Schlegel knits his syntax to invite the savor of the micro-novelistic vignettes he evokes. Period mood is produced with snippets of Latin and German, a few variations on Goethe. Were it not for his tendency to slip into four-beat rhythm and use rhyme, one could think these poems fragments of memorable lines torn from pre-twentieth-century European fiction. “Time to dim the sconces and start dreaming."—Jennifer Moxley

Born and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Christian Schlegel studied German at Princeton and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2013. He is an English PhD student at Harvard and lives in Somerville, MA.

Chris Martin is the author of "American Music" (Copper Canyon, 2007) and "Becoming Weather" (Coffee House Press, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including "How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem" (Brave Men, 2011), "enough" (Ugly Duckling, 2012), the serially released "CHAT" (Flying Object, 2012), and "History" (Coffee House Press, 2014). After editing one of the first online magazines, "Puppy Flowers," for its entire ten-year run, he is now an editor at Futurepoem books and curates the response blog "Futurepost."

The Falling Down Dance: In these quiet poems, a couple learns first how to be together, then how to anticipate a child, then how to raise him. Martin’s lines are as brief as breath, and cloister us at home, in winter, where the tiny everyday ministrations of love and parenthood are magnified and abundant with meaning.

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