Saturday, November 12th at 4 PM We will host an event with Louisville poet Lynnell Edwards who will read from her recent release Covet. Lynnell is the author of two previous collections of poetry, both from Red Hen Press: The Highwayman's Wife and The Farmer's Daughter.
covet (kuh-vit)v. tr.: to desire, esp. to desire eagerly, to wish for, long for. As in to covet another's belongings, the ghosts of households and fixtures, their voices or warnings. Ex: she coveted the fine table, the rich furnishings of her neighbor's home. As in to covet the past, a lost year, a lost life or one not lived.
With The Highwayman's Wife, Lynnell Edwards' fierce and brazen poems breathe new life into well-known myths and tales, giving a new, bold voice to characters such as Medusa and Helen of Troy. Equal parts graceful and audacious, Edwards' poems capture her genuine love of language while maintaining a charming style all their own.
As a writer of drama and short fiction, Edwards first collection of poetry is influenced by the character sketches of her earlier prose works, while maintaining a strong sense of lyricism. Like her influences, Sharon Olds, Rainer Rilke, and Sylvia Plath, Edwards poetry derives force from its candor and observational simplicity.