VIRTUAL - Rebecca Kaiser Gibson - GIRL AS BIRCH

Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 7:00pm

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Rebecca Kaiser Gibson and Nick Flynn will read followed by a conversation.

In Girl as Birch, Gibson mimics the flexible (adaptable? too pliant? healthily, if secretly, resilient, then, finally, aligned) motion of a birch in strong wind, as it relates to the options seemingly available to her, growing up as a girl. The poems imitate in form the experiences they evoke. The leitmotifs of red, birches, mirrors, walls enclosing gardens, labyrinths as metaphors for constraint, recur throughout the book. Without being a manifesto, Girl as Birch explores female gender roles with both pliant and uprising imagery and action. Restriction and rebellion, silence and speech, appearance and artifice, passion and repression, the past and being present, buffet and embolden the speaker of these poems. The elastic and varied syntax, pace, music, and the use of rhetoric and wit express deft self-examination. The book moves from serial impressionistic poems of early childhood to discrete lyric poems of memory and experience and on to a sense of emotional, social, spiritual evolution, not resolution.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson is the author of poetry collections Girl as Birch (Bauhan Publishing, forthcoming 2022), OPINEL (Bauhan Publishing, 2015), and two chapbooks Admit the Peacock and Inside the Exhibition. Her poems appear in Agni, Antigonish, Barrow Street (forthcoming), Field, Green Mountains Review, The Greensboro Review, The Harvard Review, Interim: Journal of poetry and Poetics (forthcoming), Massachusetts Review, The Ocean State Review, Salamander, Slate, Taos Journal of Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, VerseDaily, and Passengers (forthcoming), among others. She is also the curator of the reading series The Loom, Poetry in Harrisville.

Nick Flynn (writer, playwright, poet) has published twelve books, most recently This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire (2020), a hybrid memoir; and Stay: threads, collaborations, and conversations (2020), which documents twenty-five years of his collaborations with artists, filmmakers, and composers. He is also the author of five collections of poetry, including I Will Destroy You (2019). He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress, and is on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston. His acclaimed memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro, and has been translated into fifteen languages.


Girl as Birch: Poems By Rebecca Kaiser Gibson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872333338
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bauhan Pub - March 18th, 2022