Please join us for a special evening with three great Louisiana poets as we celebrate the latest title from LSU Press’s Barataria Poetry Series, GIRL AFTER GIRL by Nicole Cooley, who will read along with series editor Ava Leavell Haymon, and series poet Martha Serpas.
In her new collection, Nicole Cooley commemorates the connections between mothers and daughters from generation to generation. Through an acknowledgment of mothers’ unconditional love, the memories evoked by physical objects, and the stories mothers pass down, these poems explore the common thread that stretches backward and forward, running through the lives of women and binding them together in an unbroken chain of years. Foreword Reviews stated “…this collection, her fifth, is attempting something special in its unconditional study of mothers, daughters, and sisters—of all ages. That she employs time travel in her poems is impossible to explain, so we’ll just enjoy the experience.”
Poet Laureate emerita of the State of Louisiana Ava Leavell Haymon, and Martha Serpas, will be reading selections of their work as well. Haymon’s most recent poetry collection is ELDEST DAUGHTER, published by Louisiana State University Press. She has written three previous collections - WHY THE HOUSE IS MADE OF GINGERBREAD, KITCHEN HEAT, and THE STRICT ECONOMY OF FIRE - all also from LSU Press, and edits the Barataria Poetry Series. Serpas has published three collections of poetry, THE DEINER, CÔTE BLANCHE, and THE DIRTY SIDE OF THE STORM. Active in efforts to restore Louisiana's wetlands, she co-produced VEINS IN THE GULF, a documentary about coastal erosion. She teaches at the University of Houston and serves as a hospital trauma chaplain.
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The poems in Girl after Girl after Girl celebrate the connections between mothers and daughters from generation to generation.
The Diener investigates loss and healing, change and permanence, in a hospital trauma center and the eroding landscape of southern Louisiana. The diener himself, the morgue attendant who assists the dead in the interstice between the living world and the world beyond, is the person with whom Martha Serpas most identifies in this collection.
In Eldest Daughter, Ava Leavell Haymon displays her mastery of the craft and engages us with the poetic gifts we have come to expect from her. As in previous collections, she combines the sensory and the spiritual in wild verbal fireworks.