An Evening of Poetry With Keith Kopka | Count Four

Join for a reading and conversation with poets Keith Kopka and Simeon Berry. Kopka will read from his debut collection, Count Four.

Count Four, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, is a book about trying to reconcile the conflicting elements of one's identity and attempting to understand and articulate the forces that are shaping it. Many of the poems in the collection were written over years the poet spent as a musician in and around the East Coast punk scene. They try to make sense of how the things and people he loves most in this environment are also what are most likely to destroy him. From the visceral recollections of a youth spent buying stolen Easter suits with his father and running from the law, to the haunting and honest self-reflection in poems describing the Kopka's attempts to “make it” as a touring musician, Count Four is a powerful interrogation of a life spent on society’s fringes.

Keith Kopka’s poetry and criticism have recently appeared in Best New PoetsMid-American ReviewNew Ohio ReviewBerfroisNinth LetterThe International Journal of The Book, and many others. He also is the author of the critical text, Asking a Shadow to Dance: An Introduction to the Practice of Poetry and the recipient of the 2017 International Award for Excellence from the Books, Publishing, & Libraries Research Network. Kopka is a Senior Editor at Narrative Magazine and the Director of Operations for Writers Resist.

Simeon Berry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. His first book, Ampersand Revisited, won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph, won the 2014 National Poetry Series.

We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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