Jay Bryan poetry reading

Sunday, January 26, 2014
2:30 PM
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Jay Bryan is at the end of his term as poet laureate for Carrboro, North Carolina, during which term he helped to establish Carrboro’s Poets’ Council and compiled and edited the Carrboro 100th Birthday Poetry Anthology, published in May 2011. His recent chapbook, Selected Poems, was published by Finishing Line Press. For more than fifteen years, he organized poetry readings for Carrboro Day.

In his poetry, Jay uses the natural world as both backdrop as well as core structure for poetry that explores the human condition. The poems wander from the mountains and rivers to beaches dotted by scuttling ghost crabs and phosphoresce at night, to the flight of egrets and humming birds, to a tree frog’s chorus. Intertwined in these worlds is the human footprint, the day’s joys and challenges, inner struggle and faith, and the complex emotions related to loss and grief. His works communicate, through natural imagery, the possibility and hope of healing and suggest indirectly that by pausing, listening and watching the natural world, humanity can find ways out of what troubles it and come closer to being one with the beauty and energy of the universe. Even the harshness that can be a part of his poems’ landscapes can inspire.

Free event, but please register ahead of time.


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