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Michael Lally will read from and sign his new book Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017
December 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
From a ’60s-era verse letter to John Coltrane to a 2017 examination of Life After Trump, Another Way to Play collects more than a half century of engaged, accessible, and deeply felt poetry from a writer both iconoclastic and embedded in the American tradition. In the vein of William Carlos Williams and Frank O’Hara, Lally eschews formality in favor of a colloquial idiom that pops straight from the page into the reader’s synapses. This is the definitive collection of verse from a poet who has been around the world and back again: verse from the streets, from the political arena, from Hollywood, from the depths of the underground, and from everywhere in between. As Lally himself writes: “I suffered, I starved, and so did my kids, / I did what I did for poetry I thought / and I never sold out, and even when I did / nobody bought.”