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Author event: Corrie Williamson
Award-winning poet Corrie Williamson will be reading from her newest book of poetry at This House of Books on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The event will start at 3:30 PM.
Her award-winning first book, Sweet Husk, came out in 2014. Corrie’s second book, The River Where You Forgot My Name, has just been released through the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry/Southern Illinois University Press. Our audience at This House of Books will be among the first to hear this new poetry and celebrate its coming into the world.
The River Where You Forgot My Name travels between early 1800s Virginia and Missouri and present-day western Montana. Williamson turns a curious and critical eye on the motives and impact of expansionism, unpacking some of the darker ramifications of American hunger for land and resources. These poems combine breathtaking natural beauty with backbreaking human labor, all in the search for something that approaches grace.
Two of the book’s five sections are personal poems written in the voice of Julia Hancock Clark, wife of William Clark, whom she married soon after he returned from his western expedition with Meriwether Lewis. She offers a counterbalance the often male-centered narrative of discovery and frontier. The collection shines with all-too human moments of levity, tragedy, and beauty such as when Clark names a river Judith after his future wife, not knowing that everyone calls her Julia. The remaining three sections follow poet Corrie Williamson’s own experiences while living in western Montana.
Corrie lives and teaches in Helena.
We scheduled this event so that people can come to listen to Corrie, stay downtown for dinner, then attend United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s reading at MSU-B Petro Theater at 7:30 PM.