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Taije Silverman at New Dominion October 30

From New Dominion Bookshop:

Taije Silverman will present selections from

her debut collection of poetry

Houses Are Fields


Friday, October 30 at 5:30 PM

Taije SilvermanTaije Silverman’s debut collection chronicles her family’s devotion and dissolution through the death of her mother. Ranging in style from measured narratives to fragmented lyrics that convey the ambiguity of loss, these poems both arc into the past and question the possibility of the future, exploring the ways in which memory at once sustains and fails love. Ultimately the poems are elegies not only to one beloved mother, but to the large and diffusive presences of Keats, Mandelstam, a concentration camp near Prague, a coming-of-age on a Greek island, and the nearly traceless particles of neutrinos that–as with each detail toward which the poet lends her attention—become precious as the mother departs from her position at the center of the world. Furious, redemptive, and deeply immediate, Houses are Fields is a beautifully moving first book.

Natasha Trethewey, winner of 2008 Pulitzer Prize, has praised Houses Are Fields as “one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in years.”

Taije Silverman grew up in Charlottesville. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Shenandoah, Ploughshares, Five Points, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. The recipient of the 2005–2007 Emory University Creative Writing Fellowship, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she is now Assistant Visiting Professor at Ursinus College, outside of Philadelphia. Her first collection of poems, Houses Are Fields, was published by LSU Press in 2009, and selected as the debut book in their Sea Cliff Series. Thrice nominated for the Puschart Prize, she has received the Anais Nin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and her book has just been translated into Italian. Her own translations of Italian poetry are forthcoming in Pleiades.

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