Tuesday, April 2, 2013
7 p.m. Bucknell Hall
Myronn Hardy is the winner of the Griot-Stadler Poetry Prize for his book Catastrophic Bliss, published by Bucknell University Press. Hardy is the author of two previous books of poems: Approaching the Center, winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and The Headless Saints, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Annenberg Foundation, Djerassi, the Fundacião Sacatar, and Fundación Valparaiso. His poems have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, FIELD and elsewhere. He divides his time between New York City and Morocco.
This event is co-sponsored by the Griot Institute for Africana Studies and Bucknell University Press.
Crabs Fixate on Red
Palms catch orbs of wind.
Their motion slow.
That hill is steep with one red road.
At the top a mud house rests
on blocks. Who is the boy?
His clothes almost erased with hard water.
Legs are boughs swathed in skin. How can
he climb with that basket on his head?
Perhaps the pink towel draped across
the top reminds him of a girl's
tongue raspberries in summer.
Blue crabs locked together they
will never escape the strength
of straw pierce their rose
sky themselves too perfect to shift.
Steel pot water boils salt garlic paprika.
There are screams in steam
no one hears red as geraniums.