Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Laurie Allmann and Freya Manfried for Allmann’s new poetry collection, “An Hour From Now.” Book signing to follow!
About “An Hour From Now:”
This collection of poems, steeped in field biology and the environmental sciences, offers intimate glimpses of a natural world that has its own integrity and value apart from our comprehension of it. The author describes everything from the behavior of birds to the flight of butterflies, from astronomical events to weather patterns and the movements of salamanders. Using an approach reminiscent of the Imagist poets of the early twentieth century, she asks questions while avoiding the rhapsodizing that the observation of natural phenomena can so easily inspire. Yet the rapport between observer and observed is unmistakable, not only in the empathetic cross-species portrayals but also in the music of the words themselves. Unmistakable, and also welcome.
LAURIE ALLMANN is a St. Croix Valley-based environmental writer, essayist, and poet. She received a Minnesota Book Award for her creative nonfiction book, Far From Tame: Reflections from the Heart of a Continent, a collection of essays based on ecoregions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Her essays have been featured in public radio commentaries on MPR and KFAI, and published in numerous anthologies. She has been a course instructor for The Loft Literary Center, and is a founding coeditor of Agate magazine. Her poems have found expression in a wide range of settings, including spoken-word performances of The St. Croix Suite (with singer/composer Carol Caouette); gallery shows at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson and the Regis Gallery at the University of Minnesota (with artist Sonja Peterson); and in publications such as The Floating Fish Review and photographer Craig Blacklock’s book, St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. In 2018, she was commissioned to compose a poem as part of a collaborative project with England-based architectural glass artist Martin Donlin. The poem,Mirroring the Light, is now part of a permanent, three-story display at Hennepin Healthcare’s new specialty clinic in Minneapolis.
FREYA MANFRED’s nine published books of poetry are: A Goldenrod Will Grow, Yellow Squash Woman, American Roads, Flesh and Blood (chapbook), My Only Home, Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle, The Blue Dress (chapbook), Speak, Mother, and Loon in Late November Water. Her poetry has also appeared in more than 100 reviews and magazines and over 40 anthologies. She has received a Harvard/Radcliffe Fellow In Poetry Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Minnesota Poetry Award and a Tozer Foundation Award, and has has been a Resident Fellow at Yaddo, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. Her half hour poem for television: THE MADWOMAN AND THE MASK, appeared on KTCA-TV, Channel 2, in 1991.