Poets Lynne Knight and Miriam Bird Greenberg read from new poetry volumes I Know (Je sais) by Ito Naga, translated by Knight with the author, and All night in the new country, respectively. Wine and sparkling water will be served.
I Know (Je sais) is a collection of 469 observations on life and the universe, each of which begins with “I Know…,” by a scientist whose eye for detail is keen and whose sense of humor is refreshing. Translated from the French by the author with Sixteen Rivers poet Lynne Knight, and published by Sixteen Rivers Press in a bilingual edition, the book is profound without being ponderous, instructive without being pedantic, and engaging even at its most serious.
Ito Naga is the non de plume of a prominent French astrophysicist living in Paris. He is the author of three books, all published in France. Je sais (2006) is now in its seventh printing.
Lynne Knight’s previous poetry collections are Again, Dissolving Borders, The Book of Common Betrayal, and Night in the Shape of a Mirror. Her cycle of poems on Impressionist winter paintings, Snow Effects, has been translated into French by Nicole Courtet.
In All night in the new country, winner of the 2012 Poets-Under-Forty Chapbook Contest from Sixteen Rivers Press, Miriam Bird Greenberg takes us on a dark journey through an altered landscape, where the comforts of civilization and the consolations of art are few.
Miriam Bird Greenberg grew up on a farm in rural Texas and spent her childhood attempting to communicate with the ghosts who populated her family’s century-old homestead. She’s held fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts, where she is a 2013 Literature Fellow.