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Opinel: Poems

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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OpinelOpinel: Poems

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

Opinel is the name of a workaday knife wielded by shepherds and farmers in the high pastures of the Alps. Like the knife, these poems cleave away the false and deceptive to reveal a startling and unifying wonder. In language radiant, lovely, and disturbing, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson explores the linkages between the uncomfortable familiar and the curiously intimate strange, making unexpected connections between phenomena. Arranged by association rather than chronology and connected by a sensual intelligence, this collection wanders from Maryland and India to Boston, France, New Hampshire and Ireland—from Ezekiel’s Flightand the Book of Kells,to tales of the Tamil goddess, Meenakshi.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson lives in Marlborough, New Hampshire, and teaches poetry at Tufts University. Her poems have been published in Agni, Antigonish, The Boston Phoenix, Field, The Greensboro Review,and The Harvard Reviewto name a few. She received the Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has previously published two chapbooks—Admit the Peacockand Inside the Exhibition.

The Boston Athenæum presents this event in celebration of National Poetry Month. Make an appointment to view a first edition copy of Gibson’sInside the Exhibition.

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