Editor's Note: Due to an error on Duke's website, this event was incorrectly listed on Saturday instead of Friday in print.
The Minor American Poetry Reading Series fires up its engines for the spring semester with a rollicking pair of poets who make intellectual rigor sparkle with surrealist fun in New York's Ana Božičević and Chapel Hill's Joe Fletcher.
A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Ana Božičević came to New York in 1997. Her first book-length collection, Stars of the Night Commute, was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Awards. She has worked for City University of New York's Center for the Humanities, and she co-directs the "Stain of Poetry" series in Brooklyn. Her poems have the tracks of the traveler leading up to and away from them: "Ever let something go/ Then watch it from afar?/ Now you're not so sure."
Joe Fletcher's two chapbooks are Already It Is Dusk and Sleigh Ride. He's a doctoral student at UNC, where he also works at the William Blake Archive. Fletcher's sure, rhetorical pacing moves the reader through stories that are fragmented and commingled by their own rough edges, like riding a carousel set loose in the landscape: "The sun is delight./ Then it's night./ Everything returns to its cavity."
The free reading begins at 8 p.m. in the Women's Studies Lounge, East Duke Building, and is sponsored by Duke English Department's Faculty/Graduate Student Reading Group in Contemporary Poetry. —Chris Vitiello