Columbus: Martha Rhodes on "The Thin Wall"
Please join us on Wednesday, March 22nd for a celebration of the release of The Thin Wall, by Martha Rhodes. Joining her are poets Owen Lewis and Maeve Kinkead
“In books that are as demanding as they are beautiful, Martha Rhodes has been mapping the psychic terrain of family life and romantic life in contemporary America. The way we are betrayed by others, the way we betray ourselves, the way love is both harbor and harm, the way memory is both a form of elation and of wounding—Rhodes looks at our instances of extremity and somehow turns them into bittersweet lyric utterance. Spare and unsparing, The Thin Wall is Rhodes doing her most powerful work so far.”—Rick Barot
“The Thin Wall—between care and resentment, protectiveness and rage, betrayal and abandonment—marks the furious, vital poems in Martha Rhodes’ fifth collection. These poems enact a fierce reckoning with families rent from within or without, trailing attempts at refuge like ripped streamers from a cut-rate lot: no one escapes the creosote of The Thin Wall’s collapse. Martha Rhodes has long been one of our finest poets, and now she has written her best and most moving book.”—Susan Wheeler
Maeve Kinkead is an Emmy-award-winning actress. In 2008, she graduated from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers with a degree in Poetry. A Dangling House from Barrow Street Press is her first book.
Owen Lewis, the recipient of the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, is the author of Marriage Map (Dos Madres Press, 2017), Best Man (Winner of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize, New England Poetry Club), Sometimes Full of Daylight, and March in San Miguel. He has received awards from The Mississippi Review, Connecticut River Review, Kent and Sussex Poetry Society (UK), London School of Jewish Studies (UK), Ver Poets (UK), and The Amherst Writers and Artists Press. He is a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia University where he teaches with the narrative medicine group.
Martha Rhodes is the author of four previous poetry collections: At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance, Mother Quiet, and The Beds. She teaches in the graduate program at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, as well as the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She directs the summer Conference on Poetry at the Frost Place and is the director of Four Way Books in New York City.