BSB: Peter Kline (Mirrorforms) Poetry Reading and Q&A

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Bank Square Books presents a Poetry Reading and Q&A with Peter Kline for the collection Mirrorforms 

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Peter Kline’s Mirrorforms is a daring, experimental collection of poems in which language reaches its most pressurized state. Kline has invented a new poetic form, the mirrorform, which he uses with musical verve to essentialize thought and intensify feeling.  The result is that these poems achieve jewel-like precision: each darkly glinting facet reveals the nuances and ambiguities of longing, transgression, and faith. These poems are sharply ironic, darkly funny, and ferocious, and mark out a unique place in contemporary American poetry.

In Mirrorforms, Peter Kline has invented and perfected a new poetic form; in and through its strict and tricky confines, he takes the reader on remarkably diverse journeys. From a sexy Godhunger out of Donne (“Is there a place for me / deep in a secret pocket / of your black leather jacket / to pass eternity?”) to wordplay worthy of Stevens (“Whatever // ––whiffles your whirligig / ––pips you ––pops your Bud/  ––puts pepper in your pud…”). From dramatic Monologues (Shapeshifter, Narcissist, Catcaller) through various Studies, to a beautiful and moving series of elegiac Votives, these mirrors reflect — and reflect upon— loneliness and estrangement; vulnerability and kink: a wide spectrum of the shadings of our emotions. One of the speakers tells us, “I’ve been a courtesan / to an immense Amen.” Amen to that, and to seeing, someday soon, Kline’s funhousing “Mirrorform” take its rightful place in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics. -Moira Egan

“With laser focus and a fixed stare, Peter Kline’s Mirrorforms shows us how brevity can reflect an expansive emotional spectrum, marrying wit and pathos in the most unexpected ways. Risky and formally inventive, playful yet rigorous, these poems work like mirrors facing one another; they give a sense of the infinite—the endless joys, losses, and mysteries that make our world.” -Bruce Snider

About Peter Kline

Peter Kline is the author of two poetry collections, Mirrorforms (Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions) and Deviants (Stephen F. Austin State University Press).  A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he has also received residency fellowships from the James Merrill House, Amy Clampitt House, Marble House Project, Artsmith Orcas Island, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Foundation.  His poetry has appeared in PloughsharesPoetryTin House, and many other journals, as well as the Best New Poets series, the Verse Daily website, the Random House anthology of metrical poetry, Measure for Measure, and the Persea anthology of self-portrait poems, More Truly and More Strange.  Since 2012 he has directed the San Francisco literary reading series Bazaar Writers Salon.  He teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University, and can be found online at

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ISBN: 9781643171302
Availability: Available at One of Our Locations
Published: Parlor Press - October 28th, 2019

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 6:00pm
53 West Main St
Mystic, CT 06355