RACHEL MORITZ & JOHN KOETHE

July 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Poets Rachel Moritz and John Koethe will read from their work. Rachel Moritz will read from Borrowed Wave. This debut collection explores the terrain of memory and desire as it’s mapped onto language. What is the connection between thinking and feeling, these poems ask. And how do boundaries in time and space find expression in our lives? Calling on traditions of lyric experiment in American poetry stretching back to Emily Dickinson, Borrowed Wave employs the image as connective tissue between states of formlessness and constraint.

Rachel Moritz's poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse Daily, and VOLT.  She received an MFA from the University of Minnesota and has taught writing at Hamline University, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and The Loft Literary Center. She lives with her partner and son in Minneapolis, where she works as an exhibit developer, teaches with COMPAS and Alzheimer’s Poetry Project–Minnesota, and mentors in poetry through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

John Koethe will read from The Swimmer. In his tenth volume of poetry, Koethe investigates the capricious nature of everyday life. His poems―always dynamic and in process, never static or complete―luxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. The Swimmer argues that this “energizes everything”: life’s trivialities, surprises, and disappointments, and the “terrible feeling of being just about to fall.”

John Koethe is the author of Falling Water and 95th Street Poems. He has received the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the Frank O’Hara Award. He has also published books on Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosophical skepticism, and poetry, and is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.