Suzanne Buffam and John Beer

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April 15, 2010 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Poets Suzanne Buffam and John Beer will read from their new collections of poems. John Beer will read from The Wasteland and Other Poems  "Only a genius could write a book called The Waste Land and Other Poems. Well, John Beer is that person. 'I set out to write a treatise on failure, and it turned out my subject was love,' he writes. 'Call it my confusion.' We should all be so confused." —John Ashbery  John Beer received an MFA from The Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in Verse, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Crowd, and elsewhere.  Suzanne Buffam will read from, The Irrationalist, her second collection of poems. She’s the recipient of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, and her poems have appeared in Boston Review, A Public Space, jubilat, Poetry, and many other journals. She lives in Chicago.  “Buffam’s often deadpan tone is like a magical dustpan that sweeps up the strangest observations and ideas, all worlds to themselves.. her poems tug at new corners of the brain. They’re marvelous.” — Matthea Harvey