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Tribute to Marilyn Buck, featuring the first ever collection of her poetry
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Modern Times and Friends of Marilyn Buck as we celebrate the life and poetry of the late Marilyn Buck, with readings from the newly released “Inside/Out: Selected Poems” from City Lights Publishing.
Featuring Graciela Trevisan, Nellie Wong, and Maria Poblet.
First-ever collection of Marilyn Buck’s searing poetry, Inside/Out: Selected Poems, is a living tribute to the late activist’s indomitable spirit and revolutionary intelligence. Marilyn Buck was a committed political radical, imprisoned for over thirty years for her revolutionary activities. She was also a prolific writer and poet, publishing her work in a prize-winning chapbook, an audio CD, and in various journals and anthologies. She received a PEN American Center prize for poetry in 2001.
Buck was released from prison less than a month before her death at age sixty-two from uterine cancer. This selection of her finest poetry is a testament to the fierce intelligence and huge compassion that inspired and informed her life, and to the transcendence of her poetic vision.
Praise for Inside/Out:
“Marilyn, of course references her situation in prison in many poems, but the overwhelming sense one has after reading Inside/Out is that one has just experienced a woman who, though imprisoned, is utterly free. What we have in Marilyn Buck is a poet who is unafraid to confront the deepest parts of herself with an honesty consistent with the consciousness of a revolutionary. It is the uncovering and revealing of hope that many of her works manifest.“ — Jack Hirschman, poet laureate of San Francisco
About the author:
Marilyn Buck was an American Marxist revolutionary and feminist poet, who was imprisoned for over 30 years for her political activities. She was released less than a month before her death at age 62 from uterine cancer. While in prison, Buck contributed articles on women in prison, solitary confinement, political prisoners and related issues to Sojourners Magazine, Monthly Review, and other journals and anthologies. Her translations and introduction to Cristina Peri Rossi’s poetry appeared in State of Exile, Number 58 in the City Lights Pocket Poets Series.