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Famed poet James Tate to read at the Walker on Oct. 13

James Tate
photos by Curt Richter
James Tate

On Oct. 13, Rain Taxi Review of Books will usher in this year’s Twin Cities Book Festival with an appearance by famed poet James Tate at the Walker Art Center.

One of the nation’s finest living poets, Tate has been at the vanguard of American poetry since 1967, when his first book won the Yale Younger Poets Award. Since then, he has published numerous collections, including “The Ghost Soldiers” (2008); “Worshipful Company of Fletchers” (1995), which won the National Book Award; “Selected Poems” (1991), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award; “Distance from Loved Ones” (1990); “Constant Defender” (1983) and “Viper Jazz” (1976).

Each of Tate’s collections unveils the absurdity of life in surreal and often humorous ways; his poems have been described as tragic, comic, absurdist, nihilistic, hopeful and haunting.

Tate’s unique brand of surrealism has had a huge impact on an entire generation of poets and continues to be as influential as it is enduring.

Writing in the New York Times, poet John Ashbery wrote, “Tate is the poet of possibilities, of morph, of surprising consequences, lovely or disastrous, and these phenomena exist everywhere… I return to Tate’s books more often perhaps than to any others when I want to be reminded afresh of the possibilities of poetry.”

"The Zoo Club" by James Tate

At Rain Taxi’s special Free Verse event, Tate will read from his latest chapbook, “The Zoo Club.”

In inimitable fashion, Tate’s new prose poems burst with a plethora of imaginative oddities and explore the strange synergies of life. 

With llamas that aren’t there, exploding furnaces and the dreaming dead, Tate brings his cabinet of curious poems to the Twin Cities.

Time: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
Place: Walker Art Center cinema, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., MN 55403
Cost: Free

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