112th: February Poetry Book Club
Join us Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 PM for the monthly meeting of the Contemporary Poetry Book Club. This month we'll be reading Invasive species by Marwa Helal.
In Invasive species, Marwa Helal's searing politically charged poems touch on our collective humanity and build new pathways for empathy, etching themselves into memory. This work centers on urgent themes in our cultural landscape, creating space for unseen victims of discriminatory foreign (read: immigration) policy: migrants, refugees--the displaced. Helal transfers lived experiences of dislocation and relocation onto the reader by obscuring borders through language.
Marwa Helal is the author of the chapbook I Am Made To Leave I Am Made To Return and winner of BOMB Magazine's Biennial Contest. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The Contemporary Poetry Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at Book Culture on 112th Street to discuss collections of poetry that have been published in the past two years. It aims to read and discuss poets from diverse races, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds. While some of the collections may include experimental or avant-garde poetry, no prior background of education is necessary to join the group. The book club tries to foster discussion, appreciation, and respectful critique of some of the most exciting poetry being published today. If you would like to join the book club, please sign up here. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.