Carlos Reyes and Michael Minicucci
We welcome two local poets to the Broadway Books stage: Carlos Reyes and Matthew Minicucci.
In Along the Flaggy Shore: Poems from West Clare, the tenth volume of poetry from Carlos Reyes, the reader is returned again to Ireland, to the townlands of Letterkelly and Cloonanaha in County Clare. The poems in this collection capture the stark rural life that has now mostly passed, as Reyes attempts to gather the remnants of a way of life that was pushed aside and forgotten, painting a lyrical picture of a world gone by. In addition to his collections of poetry, Reyes has published many volumes of translations and a memoir, Keys to the Cottage, Stories from the West of Ireland. Reyes most recently read at Broadway Books from his previous collection, Guilt in Our Pockets, Poems from South India.
Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Small Gods, a finalist for the 2016 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. One reviewer wrote of Small Gods "The poems stick to memory like burrs to a pant leg," while another wrote "Small Gods enriches us with its moral courage and its compassionate faith in the ultimate value of our fraught humanity." Currently a lecturer in creative writing, Minicucci received his BA in Classical Languages and Literature from U-Mass Amherst and his MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.