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Friday, April 29 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Gail Mazur and Joyce Peseroff: New Books from Common Threads Poets

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2012 Common Threads poets Gail Mazur and Joyce Peseroff read from their new collections, Forbidden City and Know Thyself. Forbidden City, Gail Mazur's seventh book of poems, builds a meditative structure upon the elements of mortality and art. At the collection’s heart is the poet’s long marriage to the artist Michael Mazur (1935–2009). The Judges' Citation for the 2001 National Book Award praises Mazur as “Colloquial as well as eloquent, pitch-perfect no matter how delicate her material…Full of warmth, humor, and a dry-eyed toughness, her work is a superb personal and civic achievement.” Know Thyself, Peseroff's fifth book of poems, teases the nature of self-knowledge from a world where identity is fluid, character fragmented, landscape overwhelmed, and culture riven. As Donald Hall writes, "She brings up together with down, as the human psyche does--and as poetry must do to be true and beautiful together."

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Joyce Peseroff

My fifth book of poems, Know Thyself, is available from Carnegie Mellon University Press. I have poems forthcoming in Consequence, New Ohio Review, and Plume. I'm reading with Gail Mazur at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival Friday, April 29, at 2:30 pm.

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Gail Mazur

GAIL MAZUR is author of seven books of poems, including Forbidden City, Figures in a Landscape, Zeppo’s First Wife, winner of the Massachusetts book Prize and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award. She... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Salem Five Community Room 210 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts