The Small Mechanisms of Being: An Evening with Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil

March 13, 2012
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Cultural Events
Shirley Recital Hall, Salem Fine Arts Center

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three poetry collections: Lucky Fish, At the Drive-In Volcano (winner of the Balcones Prize) and Miracle Fruit (winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the Global Filipino Award and a finalist for The Glasgow Prize and the Asian American Literary Award). Reception and book signing will follow event.

Lucky Fish “is fascinated with the small mechanisms of being, whether natural, personal, or imagined. Everything from eating eels in the Ozark mountains to the history of red dye finds a rich life in her poems. At times her lush settings and small stories are reminiscent of fairy tales (‘The frog who wanted to see the sea was mostly disappointed’), while at others Nezhukumatathil speaks with resonance and fierceness: ‘The center of my hands boiled/ with blossoms when we made a family. I would never flee that garden. I swear to/ you here and now: If I ever go missing, know that I am trying to come home.’ Even as the poems jump from the Philippines to India to New York, they still take their time, stopping to notice that ‘there is no mystery on water/ greater than the absence of rust,’ and to draw small but wonderful parallels: ‘I loved you dark & late. The crocus have found ways to push up & say this/ too.’” –Publisher’s Weekly. Sponsored by the Center for Women Writers.


Gail Adams