SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2018 | 2:00-5:00 pm | at RED HEN PRESS l 1540 Lincoln, Pasadena
Peggy reads with poets Brendan Constantine, Nicelle Davis, and Mandy Kahn. Host Eric Morago. Music from Matthew Mars and the legendary Don Preston (from the original Frank Zappa and The Mother's of Invention). Refreshments will be served and books will be signed in the beautiful new Hen House Performance Space and Gallery.
"Drop and Dazzle" has been described as a tennis match played with snow globes or a hand of poker dealt with tarot cards. There are only winners, and with every win is a loser. The book convenes a conspiracy of hearts; a colony of voices that cannot seem to make up their minds. Swayed by superstition, vicissitudes of longing, and the need to find a way home, these characters call out and question love with all its obvious juxtapositions: history, family, politics, gender, promise, and loss. They are relentless in their desire to find meaning.
Peggy Dobreer’s language is precise and surprising. She knits syntax like others knit rainbow booties on miniature needles. Following threads of assonance and alliteration, rhythm and story, she varies poetic styles throughout the book and creates a lyrical world that is part jazz, part classical, part pedestrian interference, and all parts love.