Antioch Reads: Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui

Antioch University will present Antioch Reads, with the book Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui and host a reading and discussion by the poet at the Antioch University Los Angeles campus on October 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm PT.

From Ploughshares magazine, “This poem,” writes Diné poet Sherwin Bitsui near the beginning of Dissolve, “pivots a walking cane…It climbs cloud hair / only to fall back upon red soil.”

Indeed, from its opening lines, Bitsui’s work announces itself as a symphony of sweeping movement and stark contrasts.  A brilliant and timely collection, Dissolve asks readers to consider the most elemental questions—“How the map must look / when black water is ladled / from white water”—while unfolding new ways of seeing and speaking of the elemental world itself.

As in Bitsui’s previous collection, Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), Dissolve takes its shape and draws its subjects from both Diné tradition and the geographies of the American Southwest.”

Participants may join online via Zoom. Sherwin Bitsui is Diné of the Todich’ii’nil (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizaani (Many Goats Clan.)

For the Zoom Access Link email [email protected]

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