Rebecca Kaiser Gibson will read from her first full-length poetry collection, Opinel: Poems (Bauhan Publishing). The Opinel is a workaday knife from the French alps used by peasants, shepherds, and artists. In the title poem, Gibson writes that the Opinel can be used to scrape leather, /carve cheese, untangle vine, /release trapped lambs, hack/ out ice, slice flesh. Likewise, she uses these poems to untangle her thoughts on family, culture, nature, and the world we inhabit.
Free and open to the public.
“I’ve read and reread this book three times already, and I still don’t think I’m done with it yet. This is the highest form of praise I can give.” – Joanna Valente, Luna Luna Magazine
Rebecca Kaiser Gibson teaches poetry at Tufts University. She has been published in Agni, Antigonish, the Boston Phoenix, Field, the Greensboro Review, the Harvard Review, MARGIE, Mothering, Northwest Review, Pleiades, Salamander, Slate, the Adroit Journal, 236 Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, reprinted in an anthology called Cadence of Hooves, and featured in VerseDaily. Two of her chapbooks have been published: Admit the Peacock and Inside the Exhibition.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.