The Poems of Peter N. Carroll and David Watts

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    The Odd Mondays Series at Folio Books
    Monday, June 19th, 7 PM
    3957 24th Street, San Francisco
    Featuring Two Poets
    Peter N. Carroll and David Watts
    Peter Neil Carroll has just published his fourth collection of poetry, The Truth Lies on Earth: A Year by Dark, by Bright (Turning Point Press). His work follows the cycle from winter solstice to winter solstice, exploring how seasonal time affects ordinary moments of our lives.
    “The book culminates,” says poet Roy Mash, “in a long, wonderful elegy for his mother that is simply terrific.”
    “No one explores the circularity of life, its rhythms, pitfalls, and small miracles, better than Peter Neil Carroll, a master at weaving nature into narrative. What I like best in this fine collection are the poems about women. Carroll’s love of strong, self-sufficient women - ‘what she required she’d find/in herself’- celebrates both women he knew and those he could only fantasize about. Fierce, reflective and reverent, his poetry is filled with wisdom and wry wit. ‘The trick,’ Carroll tells us, ‘is to study the light/the year by dark, by bright.’ No one says it better.”
    -Alexis Rhone Fancher, Poetry Editor, “Cultural Weekly”.
    Peter Neil Carroll is the author of three previous collections, Fracking Dakota, Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem, and A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places, which won the Prize Americana in 2012. Other books include the memoir Keeping Time. His poems have appeared in many journals. He has taught creative writing at the University of San Francisco, history and American Studies at Stanford and Berkeley, and hosted “Booktalk” on Pacifica Radio. He lives in northern California with the writer/photographer Jeannette Ferrary.

    David Watts is physician writer who has published seven books of poetry, four anthologies, two books of short stories about the complexities of the Doctor-Patient Relationship and two novels, one mystery, one western. He has been an NPR commentator, an on-camera television host and directs summer workshops for poets and writers. He is a classically trained musician. He lectures in medical schools and writes essays on the subject of humanism in medicine. His most recent publication, Having and Keeping, was runner-up in the Brick Road Poetry Press national contest, and published as the ‘Editor’s Choice.’
    “From heated wavelengths, Watts’ quiet poems couple with their subjects in an intimacy so strong you can smell their crackle and spark” --Al Young, former California Poet Laureate
    “Abiding in the mystery, touching at the edge of our limitations, Watts turns the matter of our lives over in varied and wondrous ways.” --Jennifer K. Sweeney, winner of the James Laughlin Award.
    “One of the core tasks of poetry has been the widening of poetic circumference: the bringing of new terrain into a knowledge attainable only through the gate of awakened words. Physician and poet David Watts fulfills this task impressively.” --Jane Hirshfield, recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in “American Poetry”

    Consider joining us for a no-host pizza/salad or other entré dinner ($15-20),
    before the reading, 5:30 p.m. at the Haystack Pizza Restaurant,
    south side of 24th near Sanchez Street.
    The 24 line and the 48 line and the J Church
    are the nearby Muni transportation lines available.

    Odd Mondays is presented by Judith and Ramón Sender and Folio Books

    “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd.” – Flannery O’Connor

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