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Paisley Rekdal & Dana Levin

Join Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal and poet Dana Levin for a reading and signing of their books. 

The Broken Country by Paisley Rekdal

This book uses a violent incident that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2012 as a springboard for examining the long-term cultural and psychological effects of the Vietnam War. To make sense of the shocking and baffling incident—in which a young homeless man born in Vietnam stabbed a number of white men purportedly in retribution for the war—Paisley Rekdal draws on a remarkable range of material and fashions it into a compelling account of the dislocations suffered by the Vietnamese and also by American-born veterans over the past decades. She interweaves a narrative about the crime with information collected in interviews, historical examination of the arrival of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s, a critique of portrayals of Vietnam in American popular culture, and discussions of the psychological consequences of trauma.

Banana Palace by Dana Levin

In her newest collection, Dana Levin uses humor, jump-cut imagery, and popular culture references in preparation for the approaching apocalypse. Against a backdrop of Facebook, cat memes, and students searching their smartphones for a definition of the soul, Levin draws upon a culture of limited attention spans as it searches for greater spiritual meaning. The poems in Banana Palace are elliptical by design, the lines often trailing off into a white space of their own making, as if flirting with and resolving in their own isolation.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam (Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfictio Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820351179
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2017

Banana Palace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595059
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 11th, 2016