Trident Booksellers is pleased to host award-winning poet CHUCK CARLISE for a night of his poetry from his newest collection In One Version of the Story. He will be reading, signing, and answering questions about the collection.
In One Version of the Story is a lyric exploration of the ways human beings confront desire, loss and absence by creating stories. Its narrative situation begins with the French folk legend of “l’Inconnue de la Seine”—the unidentified young woman who drowned herself in Paris in the 1880s, and whose (unauthorized) death mask was eventually cast as the face of Resusci-Anne CPR training dummies—but eventually the book encompasses a chronicle of personal loss, a history of photography, a study of the mechanics of breathing, and a solo climb to the rim of a Mediterranean volcano.
The book is a hybrid of narrative history, lyric meditation, and journalistic investigation— often implicating the speaker (and reader) in the act of “myth-making” itself. It is story-making itself, which is interrogated here; however, the book seeks not to recreate narratives, but rather to understand why they matter and how we attribute the meaning that we create.
This event is free and open to the public.