Hell, I Love Everybody: An Evening of James Tate Poetry

Please join us to celebrate the release of  Hell, I Love Everybody: The Essential James Tate. Local poets and lovers--including John Morrison, Zach Schomburg, and Leni Zumas--of Tate's work will read poems from the collection.  Note: Masks will be required for this event.

The 52 poems of Hell, I Love Everybody re-introduces the poet, providing a poem for every week of the year, every mood and season. It includes work from his first publication, The Lost Pilot, a Yale Younger Poets selection (1967) and all his subsequent books. The Poetry Foundation biography of Tate states that his poems "have been described as tragic, comic, absurdist, ironic, hopeful, haunting, lonely, and surreal" and in a Paris Review interview Tate said, “There is nothing better than [to move the reader deeply]. I love my funny poems, but I’d rather break your heart. And if I can do both in the same poem, that’s the best. If you laughed earlier in the poem, and I bring you close to tears in the end, that’s the best."

Tate won numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Emerson College, and for five decades, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He died in 2015.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Hell, I Love Everybody: The Essential James Tate: Poems (Ecco Essentials) By James Tate, Terrance Hayes (Introduction by) Cover Image
By James Tate, Terrance Hayes (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780063306073
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Published: Ecco - November 7th, 2023