LIVE ON ZOOM: CHARLES FLOWERS reads from his debut collection of poetry THE IDEA OF HIM, with BLAS FALCONER

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Advanced Praise for The Idea Of Him (A Midsummer Night's Press):

"Charles Flowers' long-awaited collection, THE IDEA OF HIM, evokes the implacable power of desire, from its earliest appearance in boyhood to the ache of adult experience. These wrenchingly honest, beautifully felt poems make clear nothing less than the soul hunger that lies deep in the body's dreams."—Joan Larkin

"In THE IDEA OF HIM, this first volume of superb lyric testimonies, we meet the adolescent male body awakening into a forbidden sexuality, then its adult counterpart abandoned by casual encounters, aggrieved by this constancy of loss, barely sustained by a wish to regain connection with paradise through the meager portions of love afforded by ordinary life...THE IDEA OF HIM shines with angelic orders of extraordinary love."—Garrett Hongo

"In THE IDEA OF HIM, Charles Flowers is true to the lifelong, unrelenting force of desire that can emerge any place, anywhere—the longing that makes others 'instruments of safety and respite,' and also offers the exquisite pain and beauty of 'the pull of flesh toward flesh.' If you have known desire's 'strange closeness'—in the flesh or in the mind alone—you will find yourself somewhere in these poems."—Minnie Bruce Pratt

Charles Flowers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. His poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, Barrow Street, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Assaracus. He was the founder and editor of BLOOM, a journal for LGBT poetry, prose, and art, which Edmund White called "the most exciting new queer literary publication to emerge in years." Charles has served in a leadership capacity at the Academy of American Poets, Lambda Literary Foundation, and Arts for LA, the regional arts advocacy organization. Currently, he serves as the Poet Laureate for the City of West Hollywood (October 2018 - October 2020).

Blas Falconer is the author of Forgive the Body This Failure (Four Way Books, 2018); The Foundling Wheel (Four Way Books, 2012);  A Question of Gravity and Light (University of Arizona Press, 2007);  and The Perfect Hour (Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, 2006).  He is also a co-editor for The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2011) and Mentor & Muse:  Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). He teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University. Born and raised in Virginia, Falconer earned an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland (1997) and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston (2002).  He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his family.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9781938334399
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Forgive the Body This Failure Cover Image
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A Question of Gravity and Light (Camino del Sol ) Cover Image
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Published: University of Arizona Press - April 26th, 2007

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Published: Four Way Books - October 9th, 2012