A Cheuse Salon

  • September 12, 2023

Poets Esperanza Hope Snyder and Nancy Naomi Carlson come to DC on Sun., Sept. 17th, at 5 p.m.!

A Cheuse Salon

Did you know about the Cheuse Center's Busboys and Poets Lecture? Our annual lecture of ideas is delivered by an international literary figure. By producing joint, free programming, Busboys and Poets and the Cheuse Center aim to bring audiences events that impact community, conversation and curiosity across the region.

Delicates: Poems from a critically acclaimed Cuban writer available in English for the first time, noted in the New York Times Book Review here!

Imbued with a sensuality reminiscent of the work of Anaïs Nin, Wendy Guerra’s Delicates takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the cities of love, where women leave their bodies "in the showers of men," marking their territory "like animals in heat," their panties "saturated with sand and a sidereal isolating odor." Guerra’s relationship with her native Cuba — much like her relationships with men — is complex and multilayered. In these music-infused poems, Guerra shares with us her hard-won truths.

Piano in the Dark: Poetry from an especially deft magician of words.

This latest book of wonders from Nancy Naomi Carlson fixes upon one of the few defenses we have to confront the body's betrayals--our words. Though in the end, even the world's last word "forgets its name...has no word for this forgetting." At once vulnerable and open, tempered and tempted equally by the erotic and the empathic, such dualities limn these affectingly beautiful and lyrical poems. Carlson's lines, entreating as Scheherazade, "weave chords / into tales within tales, whirlpools within seas" to save her life. Indeed, music has no need for voice or harp, as "in anechoic chambers, you become / the only instrument of your worldly sounds," echoing Mozart's credo "that music lies / in the silence between notes."

The two translators of Delicates and author of Piano in the Dark, Nancy Naomi Carlson and Esperanza Hope Snyder, are joining us in conversation with Heather Green on the Busboys stage to discuss their experience translating and writing poetry. Copies of the books will be available for purchase during and after the event, and Carlson and Spalding will be signing following the program.

This event is free and open to all. We ask that guests RSVP in order to receive direct updates about the event from Busboys and Poets Books.

Hosted by Busboys and Poets @Takoma, 235 Carroll St., NW, Washington, DC. Learn more here.

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