Join us for a reading & signing celebrating National Poetry Month and the release of John Gery's new book, HAVE AT YOU NOW!: Poems.
“The poems in John Gery’s Have at You Now! are acted upon with the same verve and wit and parry and heart as that scene from Hamlet from which the title is taken. These are the poems of a huge imagination and a huge intellect whose observations are at once as capable of being as fully engaged in the philosophical as in the familial. John Gery is a powerful traveler poet who counters experience with thought, form with idea, technique with delivery. Gery is one of the best poets writing today and I go to him repeatedly for guidance and direction. Have at You Now! is nothing short of a master class in how to make poems that matter.”
“‘Where is the next great fear?/When is the next bright city?’ asks New Orleans poet John Gery in his new book of sad poems, brilliant and brave, international in scope, political in vision, ironic and formal in execution, timeless as art. Bravo!”
John Gery’s previous books of poetry are Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures (Plumbers Ink, 1983), The Enemies of Leisure (Story Line, 1995), American Ghost: Selected Poems (English-Serbian, tr. Biljana Obradović, CCC, 1999), Davenport’s Version (Portals, 2003), A Gallery of Ghosts (UNO Press, 2008), and Lure (English-Serbian, tr, Svetlana Nedeljkov and others, NKC, 2012), as well as two chapbooks. A Research Professor of English and Seraphia D. Leyda Teaching Fellow at the University of New Orleans, he directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradović, and their son, Petar Gery.