Join us for an evening of poetry with Charlotte Seley, author of The World is My Rival and S. Tourjee, author of Sam Says, Sam, both published by Spuyten Duyvil on Saturday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m.
The World is My Rival by Charlotte Seley
"The World Is My Rival is a streetwise catalogue of heartbreak, a record of the daily aggravation of being a mind trapped in a body like a man in a whale or a wreck in the ocean: “I can’t comprehend how live forever / and never die are the same.” Modeled on the pop tradition of the lost-love song, this book is for anyone who’s had the “majestic blues” of thwarted desire and gone back for more: “Come and get me, stupid light.”--Elisa Gabbert, author of L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems and The Self Unstable
"The poems in Charlotte Seley’s The World Is My Rival strike as quickly and brightly as lightning and illuminate not only the landscape but the interiors of buildings and the private lives of those within. I dare anyone to find a poet with more linguistic energy and insight. I am thrilled for all who have waited for this book, and for those who won’t know what hit them when they read it."--John Skoyles, author of Suddenly It’s Evening: Selected Poems and Inside Job
Charlotte Seley is a writer, poet, editor, creative consultant, and retired social media manager (who sometimes comes out of retirement). Her first collection of poetry, The World is My Rival, published in 2018 from Spuyten Duyvil, and her chapbook DIE YOUNG: LETTERS TO KE$HA is forthcoming from dancing girl press. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she served as Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor of Redivider. Her BA in Creative Writing came from from Eugene Lang College of the New School for Liberal Arts. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York, and now lives in Kansas City with her sweet tabby cat, Lord Byron.
Sam Says, Sam by S. Tourjee
“In the history/ of the world/ this was just/ a small moment — / Sam’s whole life.” This is how the world called Sam begins, with language, and with crystalline language that rushes forward and falls back on itself like Woolf’s The Waves, Tourjee constellates a net of awarenesses that call itself Sam. As Sam pronounces Sam, conjures Sam, Tourjee shows us that being mediated by language is being made by language, and being survived by language after the body exits the net."--Evelyn Hampton, author of Famous Children & Famished Adults
"Sam Says, Sam is alive with bird and “potential bird,” a powerful meditation on claiming one’s place and one’s possibilities in the world. Tourjee’s extended series of taut, precise phrases reveals a mind intensely at work, encountering the insufficiencies of the body and the limitations of language and category. Sam Says, Sam is a work of self-creation and self-transformation and as readers, we witness, transfixed, the poet uttering the self into existence, “exposed, “on the verge of it,” and then, triumphantly, “unafraid.”--Mary-Kim Arnold, author of Litany for the Long Moment
S. Tourjee lives and writes and works and teaches and makes collaborative things in Providence, Rhode Island. They are the author of the chapbooks Ghost and When Tongue Was Muscle, both published by Anomalous Press. stourjee.com