College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Live from Prairie Lights | Mark Levine and Hajar Hussaini
Mark Levine and Hajar Hussaini will read from their poetry. Mark Levine will read from Sound Fury: Poems. Throughout Sound Fury, poems by metaphysician Robert Herrick are refashioned into phantasmagorical oddities of likeness and difference. "Whether lark as in songbird, or lark as in stunt, these skeptical, fabulous poems pluck pieces from Herrick and Pope like particulate matter from which the wonder of a poem inexplicably grows.” — Sally Keith
Hajar Hussaini will read from Disbound. "Hussaini's Disbound begins with what has fallen apart amid war and migration, shaping its poetics into a powerful interrogation of what persists, what brings shame, what we refuse to look at, what's left behind, and what never comes back. What is most striking about this brilliant first book is how it develops a vocabulary and syntax of the many types of violences produced by the failures of conquest and empire." —Daniel Borzutzky,
Hajar Hussaini is an Afghan poet and literary translator. Her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Margins, and Pamenar Press. Hussaini lives in Iowa City.
Mark Levine is the author of Capital, Debt, Enola Gay, The Wilds, and Travels of Marco. His poetry has appeared in anthologies including American Poets in the Twenty-First Century and American Hybrid. His is also the author of the nonfiction work, F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century. Levine is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A professor of poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Levine lives in Iowa City.