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Dec 17 2017
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: A Reading by Nicole Cooley and Roger Sedarat
Join Nicole Cooley and Roger Sedarat as they read from their work at The Creativity Caravan, 28 South Fullerton Avenue, in Montclair, NJ, on Sunday, December 17, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Nicole Cooley is a poet and non-fiction writer and the author of eight books: five books of poems, a chapbook, a novel, and an artist’s book. Her newest collection Girl after Girl after Girl was just published by LSU Press in 2017, and her book Of Marriage comes out with Alice James Books in 2018. Essay Press published her digital chapbook Frozen Charlottes, A Sequence last year. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared most recently in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Narrative, and Drunken Boat. She is a professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College - City University of New York. 
 
Roger Sedarat, an Iranian-American poet and translator, is the author of four poetry collections: Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP’s 2007 Hollis’ Summers’ Prize, Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011), Foot Faults: Tennis Poems (David Robert Books, 2016), and Haji as Puppet: an Orientalist Burlesque, which won the 2016 Word Works’ Tenth Gate Prize for a Mid-Career Poet. He is a recipient of the Willis Barnstone Prize in Literary Translation, and his renderings of classical and modern Persian verse have appeared in such journals as Poetry, World Literature Today, and Brooklyn Rail. The co-author and translator of Nature and Nostalgia in the Poetry of Nader Naderpour (Cambria, 2017), he teaches poetry and translation in the MFA Program at Queens College - City University of New York.
 
 
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28 South Fullerton Ave
07042 Montclair, New Jersey

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It's the fern beyond the wind, the classic
Eruptions.  Night is a funnel that is overcome.
Violence of signs beyond the pale. Stasis
Has its own way, the hard work, the violence. 
Convalesce, convalesce in the green green
World, in which you could hardly walk,
But that was before, before life set its rhythms
In
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I sit by the window and watch a great mythological bird go down in flames. In fact, it’s a kite the neighborhood troublemaker has set on fire. Twenty-one and still living at home, deciding when to cut through a screen and chop us into little pieces. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly,” his mother would say, as they packed our

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Upon their arrival in America, more than twelve million immigrants were processed through the Ellis Island Immigration Center. Those who had traveled in second or third class were immediately given a thirty-second health inspection to determine if they were fit to enter their new country. A chalk