Bank Square Books and the James Merrill House present a poetry reading and book signing with former James Merrill fellow Brittany Perham, the author of the collection Double Portrait, in our upstairs event space. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Brittany Perham is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. She is the author of The Curiosities and, with Kim Addonizio, the chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction. She lives in San Francisco.
“Musical, insightful, and all the way human.”—Claudia Rankine, 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize citation
Each poem in Brittany Perham’s prize-winning collection links two portraits: lover and beloved, child and parent, citizen and country, spirit and body, living and dead. Each speaker investigates what it means to be in relationship to another: what does it mean to see and be seen, to reflect and be reflected, to address and be addressed? With musicality, grit, and humor, these poems challenge our conceptions of identity and language. By questioning the ways we think and speak, the ways we rehash and reshape our experience, they formalize obsession. Emotionally stirring and unapologetic, Double Portrait contemplates the nature of devotion.