Tina Cane

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Tina Cane

Tina Cane, Body of Work (Alberto Giacometti, "Tête de cheval")

There are roughly two dozen poems in Body of Work, the latest collection from Tina Cane, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island since late 2016. With a landscape format maximizing the book’s white space, the collection is anchored by “(My) American Journal,” a forty-page rumination delving into Cane’s past—a New York childhood, and the root of her vestigial immigrant frugality—and back further, to China, where a legendary distant aunt may have died after swallowing a jade necklace. Other poems flesh out specific details, like a stint living in the Chelsea Hotel, where “iron balconies were dropping like lace.” The many references to old New York feel particularly poignant: a Hell’s Kitchen bakery, or an egg cream from a luncheonette on a corner that doesn’t exist. There are also a pair of instructional list poems, “Life Hacks” (ie. “Freeze grapes to chill wine without watering it down”) and “Post-Its” (“Quell panic attack sparked by Bananas Foster Yankee Candle conversation”).

The Books on the Square event is a launch for Body of Work (Veliz Books) and also Patrick Donnelly’s Little Known Operas (Four Way Books).

March 22 2019

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Date: March 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
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Books On The Square

471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906 United States

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