IN PERSON - Emily Bludworth de Barrios - SHOPPING, OR THE END OF TIME

Start: 
Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Brazos Bookstore--
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will be hosting poet Emily Bludworth de Barrios in person on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm.

Emily Bludworth de Barrios will be in conversation with Erin Belieu.

Face Masks are required to attend the event.


“I am going to make a poem,” writes Emily Bludworth de Barrios, “As if / I could put beautiful things in a box to keep them there.” With Shopping, or The End of Time she has done that and so much more. These kaleidoscopic images reflect and reverberate across time and space, revealing collisions of identity, motherhood, childhood, houses, shopping malls, industrial canals—the hopes and fears of what we’ve lost and gained over the decades in our mad rush for connection, for ownership, for goods.

A detective’s red thread spiderweb mapping the constellations among parenting, capitalism, aging, and ghosts, this stunning collection is wistful, unmoored, glamorous, and immense. These tour-de-force poems simultaneously capture an impression of emptiness and pleasure, of existing in a liminal space filled with both hollowness and potential.


Emily Bludworth de Barrios is a poet whose books and chapbooks include Women, Money, Children, Ghosts; Splendor; and Extraordinary Power. Her poems have appeared in publications such as The Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Oxford Poetry, and Cincinnati Review. She was raised in Houston, Cairo, and Caracas, and now lives in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, with her husband and three children. 

Erin Belieu is the author of five poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press, including Infanta, winner of the National Poetry Series, Black Box, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Slant Six, named one of the best books of 2014 by the New York Times, and her recent book Come-Hither Honeycomb. Winner of the Rona Jaffe Fellowship and the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, Belieu's poems have appeared in places such as the New Yorker, Poetry, the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, and have been selected for multiple appearances in the Best American Poetry anthology series. In fall, 2023, Personal Best:Makers On Their Poems That Matter Most, the anthology she is co-editing with poet Carl Phillips, will be published by Copper Canyon. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Belieu is presently on the faculty of the University of Houston MFA/Ph.D. program in Creative Writing.  

Shopping, or The End of Time (Wisconsin Poetry Series) By Emily Bludworth de Barrios Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780299340940
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - November 15th, 2022