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History Into Poetry with David Mills
October 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Poet David Mills visits the New Jersey Room to discuss turning historical research into poetry, and read some of his work.
Mills’ 2021 book, Boneyarn, draws inspiration from New York City’s African Burial Ground. As critic Rodney Jones describes, “[for] the 419 bodies unearthed when the site was discovered, only one whole name was found. Mills responds with a vision of real individuals that recalls both the invention of Blake and the humanity of Langston Hughes. A poet of heroic empathy, if he is virtuoso in making language come to life in many registers, the heart of the book arrives in tender and loving conversations with the bones and in homages to Jupiter Hammon and Phyllis Wheatley.”
Boneyarn is the winner of the 2022 North American Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of Virginia. Copies will be available for purchase at the reading.