Columbus: Sylvia Legris on "The Hideous Hidden"
Join us on Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm for a reading and conversation with Griffin prizewinner, Sylvia Legris, on her new collection The Hideous Hidden. Joining her in conversation is essayist Eliot Weinberger.
In her first full-length collection published in the United States, Sylvia Legris probes and peels, carves and cleaves, amputates and dissects, to reveal the poetic potential of human and animal anatomy.
Starting with the Greek writings of Hippocrates and the Latin language of medicine, and drawing from Leonardo da Vinci's Anatomical Manuscripts, the dermatologist Robert Willan's On Cutaneous Diseases (1808), and Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil, Legris infuses each poem with unique rhythms that roll off the tongue. The Hideous Hidden boldly celebrates anatomy's wonders: Renounce the vestibule of non-vital vitals. / Confess the gallbladder, / the glandular wallflowers, / the objectionable oblong spleen.
Sylvia Legris was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and now lives in Saskatchewan. Her collection Nerve Squall won the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize.
Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, political commentator, translator, and editor. His books of literary and political essays, published by New Directions include The Ghosts of Birds, 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, Karmic Traces, An Elemental Thing (named by the Village Voice as one of the “20 Best Books of the Year”) and, most recently, Oranges & Peanuts for Sale. He is the series editor of Calligrams: Writings from and on China and the literary editor of the Murty Classical Library of India.