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Michael Moos and Margaret Hasse

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Margaret Hasse for “Stars Above, Stars Below” and Michael S. Moos for “The Idea of the Garden.” Book signing to follow!

About “Stars Above, Stars Below”
A new edition from Nodin Press, with an introduction by Athena Kildegaard.

William Stafford wrote when “Stars Above, Stars Below” was first released: “Margaret Hasse lends a marvelous attention to each part so that in the finale of a poem a ripple of satisfaction spreads back up the page. These poems keep faith with the reader.”

“Hasse’s poems embody the moment when what we call—all too carelessly—the everyday world speaks to us forcefully with “the immense vocabulary of being.”  It is this vocabulary that Margaret Hasse’s poems are faithful to.” —Jim Moore

About “The Idea of the Garden”
Winner of the 2017 Richard Snyder Prize in Poetry.

"Poems by Michael Moos often occupy a liminal space at the edge of the garden about which he so often writes, that edge beyond which wildness begins, a wildness which Moos is not afraid to evoke in his poems. These poems are themselves gardens, spaces where human nature and the natural world can have conversations that are at once sacred and profane. 'What is thirst for, if not for talking to God?' Moos writes. He could just as well have written instead of thirst, river, heron, tree, cricket, moon. These conversations that occur within the space of a Moos poem can be about God, loss, love, longing, ecstasy, solitude, bitterness: all the ancient topics that poems have responded to forever. In THE IDEA OF THE GARDEN, Michael Moos brings a distinctly contemporary sensibility to subjects of timeless importance. What more could we ask from a poet?"—Jim Moore

About Margaret Hasse:
MARGARET HASSE’s five books of poems are Stars Above, Stars BelowIn a Sheep’s Eye, DarlingMilk and TidesEarth’s Appetite; andBetween Us. The books have been prizewinners and bestsellers. Hasse is recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, Loft Literary Center’s Career Initiative Program, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Jerome Foundation. Hasse leads poetry workshops, mentors writers, and edits manuscripts, emcees a poetry reading series and welcomes opportunities to read, perform, and make presentations about her poetry, as well as to support and collaborate with artists and arts organizations. Her work has been published in anthologies (such as Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry, and To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women’s Voices from Pre-Territorial Day to the Present) magazines, broadsides, and unusual places, such as sidewalks, public art, and in The Writer’s Almanac.

About Michael S. Moos:
MICHAEL S. MOOS is the author of three previous poetry collections: A Long Way to See (MN Book Award nominee), Morning Windows (MN Voices Winner), and Hawk Hover. He is the winner of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board and Loft-McKnight Foundation. Moos has an MFA from Columbia University and was poet- in-residence for the Academy of American Poets, the O'Neill Theater Center/National Theater of the Deaf, as well as several Midwestern arts councils. In the 1970s the National Endowment for the Arts made two documentary films of his work for Poets-in-the-Schools in Kansas and North Dakota.

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