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Diane Seuss for "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl"

  • Gray Duck Tavern 345 Wabasha Street North Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

SubText Books is proud to present an evening with poet Diane Seuss on Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 PM at Gray Duck Tavern. Diane Seuss will read from her latest collection, "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl" (Graywolf Press, 2018), Seuss's follow-up to "Four-Legged Girl," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Seuss will be joined for a conversation by Jeff Shotts (Executive Editor at Graywolf Press). Book signing to follow!

This event will take place at Gray Duck Tavern, located at 345 Wabasha Street N in Downtown St. Paul. This reading/conversation event at 7pm is free and open to the public. 

***Graywolf Press will host a Graywolf Galley Club reception before the event at Gray Duck from 5:45 – 6:45 PM. This reception is free and open to the public but space is limited and RSVPs are required to attend. If you’re interested in attending, please email Jasmine Carlson at or call 651-641-0077.

About "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl"
"Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl" takes its title from Rembrandt’s painting, a dark emblem of femininity, violence, and the viewer’s own troubled gaze. In Diane Seuss’s new collection, the notion of the still life is shattered and Rembrandt’s painting is presented across the book in pieces—details that hide more than they reveal until they’re assembled into a whole.

With invention and irreverence, these poems escape gilded frames and overturn traditional representations of gender, class, and luxury. Instead, Seuss invites in the alienated, the washed-up, the ugly, and the freakish—the overlooked many of us who might more often stand on a Walmart parking lot than before the canvases of Pollock, O’Keeffe, and Rothko. Rendered with precision and profound empathy, this extraordinary gallery of lives in shards shows us that “our memories are local, acute, and unrelenting.”

About the author:
Diane Seuss is the author of four poetry collections, including "Still Life With Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl," "Four-Legged Girl," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and "Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open," winner of the Juniper Prize. She lives in Michigan.

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