Poetry Reading with Kelly Weber and Lucien Darjeun Meadows

**UPDATE: this event is NOW VIRTUAL!**

Old Firehouse Books is delighted to welcome FoCo poets Kelly Weber and Lucien Darjeun Meadows to the store! They will be celebrating their newest collections, We Are Changed to Deer in the Broken Place and In the Hands of the River, at the store on Thursday, November 3rd at 6pmMT. This event will be taking place on Old Firehouse Books' Facebook page, and is free.

We are Changed to Deer in the Broken Place considers what it means to be a queer nonbinary daughter in search of mother and myth as refuges. Inhabiting and breaking inherited forms like the sonnet, the speaker rewrites mythology to find new possibilities of queer transformation within inherited traditions--in which bodies not only change to trees and deer to escape the cishet male gaze, but also break the gaze itself. Intimate lyrics chart the interior landscape of the speaker's asexuality and aromanticism and explore the queered nuances of body and of platonic friendships. In the process, the book explores the mother wound of how these myths are inherited and what it means to create a new story, a new vocabulary, a new kind of breaking.

"What can we do but seek nectar where it blooms," whispers the porous and questioning speaker of In the Hands of the River. With delicate precision, In the Hands of the River subverts traditional poetic forms to show how a childhood for a queer boy of both Cherokee and European heritage happens within and outside dominant narratives of Appalachia.This debut collection weaves ancestral and personal threads of trauma, reclamation, and survival into a multi-generational and multi-species tapestry that reaches from the distant stars visible in an Appalachian holler to the curl of a clover stem and the touch of the beloved, here and now. Moving across time, yet always grounded in place, these poems address the West Virginian landscape, both in exaltation and extraction, balanced with poems about the speaker's own body, and emergent sense of queer identity, as "a boy made of shards."

Please email events@oldfirehousebooks.com if you have any questions.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
232 Walnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
We Are Changed to Deer in the Broken Place By Kelly Weber Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946482808
Availability: Not on our shelves; Available to order; Arrives in 5-7 business days
Published: Tupelo Press - December 1st, 2022

In the Hands of the River By Lucien Darjeun Meadows Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235993
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - September 13th, 2022