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Caitlin Bailey for "Solve for Desire," w/ Gretchen Marquette and Roy Guzmán

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Join us in the store on Friday, April 13th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Caitlin Bailey for her recent poetry collection, "Solve for Desire" (Milkweed Editions, 2017). Bailey will be joined by Gretchen Marquette ("May Day," Graywolf Press 2016) and Roy Guzmán. Book signing to follow! 

About "Solve for Desire"

A debut collection of poems that finds fertile ground in the unknown degree of intimacy, the mysterious and intense relationship, between siblings Georg and Grete Trakl.

Georg Trakl is one of the most celebrated poets of the early twentieth century. Less is known about his sister, Grete: also gifted, also addicted to drugs, and dead by her own hand three years after Georg’s overdose. But in Solve for Desire—selected by Srikanth Reddy as the winner of the 2017 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry—Caitlin Bailey summons Grete from the shadows. At once sensual and acidic, obsessive and bereft, the Grete of these poems is a fairy-tale sister leaving “missives dropped around the city, crumbs / for your ghost.” 

Like the “perfect red burst” of poppies and of blood, these poems are a blooming, keening exploration of desire between brother and sister, poet and subject, the living and the dead.

About Caitlin Bailey:
Caitlin Bailey is the author of Solve for Desire, winner of the 2017 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by Srikanth Reddy.

About Gretchen Marquette:
Gretchen Marquette is the author of the collection of poems, May Day, published by Graywolf Press. Her poetry has appeared in Harper's, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Roy Guzmán:
Roy G. Guzmán is a Honduran-born poet whose first collection is coming out from Graywolf Press in 2020. Raised in Miami, Roy is a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. He is also the recipient of a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative grant and the 2016 Gesell Award for Excellence in Poetry. His work has received three Pushcart prize nominations, five Best of the Net nominations, a 2015 Gesell Award honorable mention in fiction, and has been included in the Best New Poets 2017 anthology, guest-edited by Natalie Diaz. Roy currently lives in Minneapolis, where he is pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies (Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society) at the University of Minnesota.

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