Science, Sonnets and Speculation

When: Sat., March 24, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2012

As a rule, we take it as our critical duty to convey our own assessments of the events we give space to here in Critics’ Picks, but in this instance the event organizers have perhaps described the promise of their program more tantalizingly than we could ever hope to: “Ranging from tales of goddesses, immigrants, physicists and werepenguins to Shakespeare-laced hallucinations, the poems you will hear at this gathering include ... ferocious lyricism, eloquent explications and compassionate heresies.” They had us at “werepenguins” — and how did they know that’s our favorite kind of heresy? In any case, we’re happy to go along for the ride that writers Mary Alexandra Agner (The Doors of the Body), Joanne Merriam (A Multitude of Daggers) and Peg Duthie (Measured Extravagance) have mapped out for this reading — wherever it may lead, iambically and pentametrically speaking.

Steve Haruch


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