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Meet the Poet Cody John Laplante

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event Location

493 Prince Ave
30601 Athens

Please join us for a visit with Cody John Laplante with special guests Laura Solomon and Darin Beasley on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 6:30pm.Two Steps Press is proud to announce the release of Man's Best Friend, a new chapbook of poems by Cody John LaPlante. Drawing inspiration from the Beats, LaPlante's poetry seduces readers with deceptively casual language that speaks as frankly on subjects of love, sex, and the limits of the mind as it does on smoking, boredom, and dogs. Blurring any distinctions between emotional and intellectual experience, LaPlante's poems conjure a reality that feels at once distant and resolutely real, full of moments of unexpected beauty from the unlikeliest of occasions - "it's nice to believe/ that wherever you are/ if you want one the world/ will simply give you a cigarette." LaPlante is visiting Athens from his native New Hampshire to also participate in CONTENT, an international group show of artists and writers on view at ATHICA. Joining LaPlante for his reading at AVID are poet Laura Solomon (also represented in Content) and writer/editor Darin Beasley (co-curator of the exhibition). In a recent conversation regarding LaPlante's work that appeared in Darin Beasley's online publication Marco Polo Arts Mag, Laura described Cody's poems as "a rhetoric of the self in relationship to an other (and even more specifically, to an other we wish would see, love, or comprehend us)." Darin adds, "[his work] reminded me I am flesh and blood and there are all these horny feelings in the work that’s set free."Cody John Laplante is up in the air. He’s a poet from NH but doesn’t usually live there or anywhere. He bought a liberal arts degree from a big state university and now he uses it to teach English in other countries and eke out poetry. In August, he published an imaginary senior photo show in 3am magazine and a chapbook about dudes, drugs, and dogs with your very own talented Brian Hitselberger. If you want to read him you can at Solomon is the author of The Hermit (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and two other poetry collections, Blue and Red Things (UDP, 2007) and Bivouac (Slope Editions, 2002). Other publications include Letters by which Sisters Will Know Brothers (Katalanché Press 2005), a chapbook, Haiku des Pierres / Haiku of Stones by Jacques Poullaoueq, a translation from the French with Sika Fakambi (Editions Apogée, 2006), and contributions to various anthologies including: Poets on Painters (Witchita State Press, 2007), Days of Poetry and Wine (Beletrina, Ljubljana 2010), The Sonnets, Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Telephone Books, 2012), Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s 2013). In 2010, a collection of selected poems in translations appeared in Slovene, also entitled Letters By Which Sisters Will Know Brothers. Currently she resides in Athens, GA, where she has recently performed and collaborated with the band pacificUV, whose new album After The Dream You Are Awake was released this past May from Mazarine Records. You can follow her on twitter at @lagsolo.Darin Beasley is a writer, and editor living and working in Athens, Georgia. His online publications Marco Polo Arts Mag and Tiger Train have gathered writing, visual art and film from all over the world, and serve as the basis for the current exhibition at ATHICA, Content, which he co-curated with Hope Hilton. When not working on either of these publications, you can find him walking has dog Dash. Two Steps Press is an independent publishing project spearheaded by Athens artist Brian Hitselberger, working with poets and artists to produce limited editions of printed matter. Man's Best Friend is their second chapbook.

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