Tuesday, April 18
April is Jazz Appreciation Month and National Poetry Month! Join local poet Geri Radacsi for a special reading from her collection Soul and All That Jazz.
“A hawk’s keen; the croaks of frogs, katydids and cicadas; the whomp of a stork’s wings and acorns plopping into water; the jazz of John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, and Ornette Colman–all these sounds swing together in Geri Radacsi’s Soul and All That Jazz. The music in these poems bears the burden of all art: it must ‘strong-lift us, [carry] us on.’ Radacsi’s powerfully empathetic imagination understands the painful and loving acts that link poems and music at their core: the shiver of loss that must become a ‘shiver-song,’ that must translate our suffering into music, and give us back the nearly unbearable in (to paraphrase her) searing notes that hold in suspense or most urgent hopes.” – Robert Cording
Geri Radacsi is the author of four collections of her poetry. Her prize-winning chapbook, Ancient Music, was published in 2000 by Pecan Grove Press; her full-length poetry collection, Trapped in Amber, appeared in 2005 from Connecticut River Press; and Tightrope Walker in 2007 by Antrim House, and Soul and All That Jazz in 2015, Finishing Line Press. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, is the 2013 winner of the Connecticut River Review Poetry Prize, and has won several awards from the Connecticut Poetry Society. Her poems, choreographed for dance and cello interpretation, have been featured in live performances at Central Connecticut State University and at the New Britian Museum of American Art.