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Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Alan Shapiro 

When: Tue., Oct. 17, 7 p.m. 2017
Phone: 919-942-7373
Price: Free

There's something unsettling about this weather, the humid heave producing autumn leaves. It confuses the body. Maybe it reminds us how confusing the body is; maybe, in this confusion, we find some grace for our fleshy vehicles. Reading Gabrielle Calvocoressi's new book of poetry, Rocket Fantastic, took me there, starting with the first poem, "Shave": "Yes, I was a lady once but now/I take the blade and move it/slowly past the jugular .../It was a thing/I did in private. My own self/ my quarry. No more." Calvocoressi, a UNC professor, fills her third book with a set of elusive characters, one of whose pronouns is denoted by the musical segno symbol. "[The pronoun] is simultaneously encompassing and fluctuating," Calvocoressi writes, "pronounced by me with the intake of breath when a body is unlimited in its possibilities." It'll be a treat to hear these poems come to life at Calvocoressi's hometown reading, with Alan Shapiro, on Tuesday. —Michaela Dwyer

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