When: Thu., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. 2012
Nothing takes the joy out of reading poetry like the notion that all poetry is about writing poetry. Still, when a writer gets to a place that is about both verse and the universe at the same time, it’s a terrific moment. Rick Hilles finds just such a spot in his staggering multi-section poem “Flashlight Stories,” which ends with an image of a jukebox “shooting ... pink and green soda pop through its veins,” finally landing on these lines: “You can never fill / yourself enough with your beloved, you think, / and it seems almost impossible to die.” Meanwhile, in another quadrant of the writing galaxy, Lorraine Lopez’s imaginative fiction — she’s perhaps best known for her novel The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters — lets the hidden worlds of her characters unravel in layers of dialogue and narrative. Hilles and Lopez read as part of Vanderbilt’s visiting writers series, but they don’t have far to travel — both are VU professors.