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Mary Kay Rummel for "Cypher Garden," with Thomas Smith

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Join us in the store on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Mary Kay Rummel for her poetry collection, Cypher Garden. Rummel will be joined by poet Thomas Smith for the reading, and a book signing will follow. 

Cypher Garden is a woman’s pilgrimage of mind and language in a world both sacrament and secular, sensual and spiritual without separation. The poems in Cypher Garden rise from Rummel's continuing efforts to reclaim and name the world as she experiences it—the cyphers, the symbols, the emblems of a world where everything is and is not something else. This is her book of praise honoring animals, art, admirable human beings, landscape, the inmost geography of the soul, nature, faith, history. It is a book of travel on numinous paths guided by observation and invention, an expression of the belief that lies at the edge of speech, of language.

"[Cypher Garden] encompasses an entire cosmos toward which the poet cathartically
rushes, senses open like mouths shouting Yes! Her gift to the reader is an exhilarating
sense of having traveled far without leaving the heart¹s house." —Thomas R. Smith

About Mary Kay Rummel: 
Mary Kay Rummel was the first Poet Laureate of Ventura County, CA from 2014-2016. "Cypher Garden," published by Blue Light Press in 2017, is her eighth published poetry book, her sixth full collection. "The Lifeline Trembles," was winner of the 2014 Blue Light Press Award. "This Body She’s Entered," her first book, won the Minnesota Voices Award for poetry and was published by New Rivers Press. "Love in the End" was published as a finalist for the Bright Hill Press Award. Her work has appeared in numerous regional and national literary journals and anthologies and has received several awards, including eight Pushcart nominations. Her most recent publications include Miramar, Nimrod, Askew, Persimmon Tree, St. Paul Almanac and Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace from Glass Lyre Press. Mary Kay has read in many venues in the US, England, and Ireland and has been a featured reader at poetry festivals including most recently the 2017 St. Luis Obisbo, CA poetry fest. She has been called a “powerhouse” reader. A professor emerita from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, she teaches part-time at California State University, Channel Islands and divides her time between California and Minnesota where she lives in Fridley.


Earlier Event: April 24
Bharat Pant for "The Mountain Eye"
Later Event: April 28
Independent Bookstore Day 2018

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