Northshire Presents Devon Walker-Figueroa PHILOMATH

A Virtual Poetry Reading with Stephanie Burt, Taylor Johnson, Shane McCrae, & Mark Wunderlich
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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Northshire Bookstore is delighted to celebrate one of our own - former bookseller and award-winning poet Devon Walker-Figueroa, upon the publication of her debut collection Philomath. She will be joined for this event by fellow poets Stephanie Burt, Taylor Johnson, Shane McRae and Mark Wunderlich.

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Selected by Sally Keith as a winner of the 2020 National Poetry Series, this debut collection is a ruminative catalogue of overgrowth and the places that haunt us.

With Devon Walker-Figueroa as our Virgil, we begin in the collection's eponymous town of Philomath, Oregon. We drift through the general store, into the Nazarene Church, past people plucking at the brambles of a place that won't let them go. We move beyond the town into fields and farmland--and further still, along highways, into a cursed Californian town, a museum in Florence. We wander with a kind of animal logic, like a beast with "a mind to get loose / from a valley fallowing / towards foul," through the tense, overlapping space between movement and stillness.

An explorer at the edge of the sublime, Walker-Figueroa writes in quiet awe of nature, of memory, and of a beauty that is "merely existence carrying on and carrying on." In her wanderings, she guides readers toward a kind of witness that doesn't flinch from the bleak or bizarre: A vineyard engulfed in flames is reclaimed by the fields. A sow smothers its young, then bears more. A neighbor chews locusts in his yard.

For in Philomath, it is the poet's (sometimes reluctant) obligation "to keep an eye / on what is left" of the people and places that have impacted us. And there is always something left, whether it is the smell of burnt grapes, a twelfth-century bronze, or even a lock of hair.

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