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Sunken Garden Poetry
Admission: $15 per person, ages 18 and under free. Parking is free.
Advance tickets for purchase ONLINE ONLY: $10 per person. Please print out scannable ticket at home and bring to festival. Advance ticket purchases are non-refundable and are for sale up to the day before each poetry event.
advanced ticket online at: http://www.hillstead.org/events-poetry.php
On June 25, Hill-Stead welcomes Pulitzer Prize nominee Frank Bidart. Bidart’s most recent poetry collection, Metaphysical Dog won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other collections of poetry include Watching the Spring Festival (FSG, 2008), Star Dust (FSG, 2005), Desire (FSG, 1997), andIn the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90 (FSG, 1990). His many other prizes include the Wallace Stevens Award and the 2007 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. He teaches at Wellesley College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Opening poet will be West Hartford, CT-based poet Benjamin S. Grossberg. Music will be by Alien Folk Music. Prelude discussion on Frank Bidart led by poet and professor Clare Rossini.
Alien Folk Music:
About the music:
Alien Folk is driven by Jen Taylor’s whimsical & dark odes to the goddess. Justin Good's gypsy jazz guitar makes it swing.
With genius phrasing, Taylor examines the dualistic nature of human thought, ruminates on the prioritization of certain opposites over their partners in a bid to understand how we are where we are, and delivers a veritable theogony of Goddesses and ancient bad girls from the Egyptian Hathor to modern day Xena Warrior Princess.
In Tomatoes Cry Ripe, Taylor pushes a metaphor of cracked tomatoes to an analysis of sex work. You just never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. From the enigmatic Thinking in Pictures to the call to arms that Lock Your Daughters Down is, the album takes us on a journey from coyote trickster energy to Penthesilea’s last stand at Troy.
Inspired by Riane Eisler, Tom Waits and Django Reinhardt among other influences, Alien Folk offers stories rich in symbolism and philosophy accompanied by harmonically and rhythmically shifting backdrops.
The band features Taylor on ukulele, vocals, guitar & keyboard, Justin Vood Good on gypsy jazz guitar, Hans Lohse on percussion, accordion and flute, Chris Brown on acoustic bass.
The 2014 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is presented with generous support from Connecticut Humanities. Additional support comes from The Beekley Center for Breast Health & Wellness at Bristol Hospital, Duncaster Retirement Community, and SKY Investment Group.
Schedule: Gates open at 4:30 pm; opening poet begins at 6:00 pm; music begins at 6:30; headlining poet begins at 7:25 pm.
Preludes – pre-performance talk on featured poet - 5:00-5:30 pm (all evenings except August 6)
Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden.
Food: Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds. Participants are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers or purchase food/beverages on site.