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Last night, Al Maginnes and Sarah Lindsay gave a wonderful reading at Tate Street Coffee House as part of our Second Saturday series of poetry readings.
From their bios (and other sources online):
Best Advice, BY SARAH LINDSAY
I SUSPECT THAT the best advice I ever received was so right, so needed, that it slipped into my skull and made its home as though it had always been there. What I actually remember is probably the next-best advice. — published at Narrative Magazine
A word about Bone-Eating Snotflowers: They are actually bone worms, discovered in late 2005, feeding off minke whale bones in the North Sea. Biologists were surprised to find that, unlike the previous discoveries, the new species, bone-worms but colloquially known as “bone-eating snot flower” after its scientific name (Osedax mucofloris), lived in very shallow waters compared to the previous discoveries.
She was awarded the 2014 Pushcart prize and the 2012 Carolyn Kizer Prize for poems appearing in Poetry Northwest. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, McSweeney’s, Cave Wall, and The 2011 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry of 2010.
She lives in Greensboro, NC, and works as a copy editor and proofreader.
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1957, AL MAGINNES grew up mostly in the southeast. He has worked as a mail clerk, a landscaper, an electrician, a carpenter’s helper, a hammock weaver, surveyor, and, since 1990, as a teacher. He is the author of ten collections or chapbooks of poems — most recently Music From Small Towns (published this year by Jacar Press), winner of the 2014 Jacar Press book contest judged by Lola Haskins — and Inventing Constellations (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012).
Of Al’s poetry, Lola Haskins says: “What I love about these poems is how they manage to be so eloquent without being pretentious. I’m also drawn to the way Maginnes juxtaposes fire and its quick losses with fire’s complement, slow vanishing. Not all the poems in this collection directly address either of those ideas — Maginnes is too smart for that — but I finished these pages thinking it was change that infuses the finest of them and that Maginnes has striven to accept what is, even when it’s transition, and through that acceptance find peace. I admire that, and this book.”
“Here is a distinctive, indispensable poet, who makes music from the complex chords of our lives: family, work, time’s relentless bass-beat. Maginnes’ lyric chops and nuanced intelligence well deserve the growing audience who love his fine, fine songs.” — Suzanne Cleary
His poems and reviews have appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Tar River Poetry, Southern Review, and many others. He lives with his wife and daughter in Raleigh, North Carolina where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Wake Technical Community College.
We had a great time. Tremendous thanks to the poets and all who attended for creating such a special evening.