Marilyn Annucci & DeWitt Clinton Read from Their New Collections

Event date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 6:00pm
Annucci/Clinton event photo

A Room of One's Own is excited to welcome two brilliant Wisconsin poets: Marilyn Annucci, author of The Arrows That Choose Us, and DeWitt Clinton, author of At the End of the War!

In The Arrows That Choose Us, Marilyn Annucci's poems of quiet observation startle with their
precision: a curmudgeonly crow trapped in a yard "spreads his wings like a set / of black cards";
the knife at the bottom of a dishpan is "a mute battleship gone down on its side"; Houdini is
"holding his breath in your bathtub". Metaphysical in scope, this collection offers meditations on
intimacy and mortality, technology and luck. Annucci finds humor even in places of loneliness
or disappointment, reminding us how "the arrows that choose us" never fail "to tear us awake."

DeWitt Clinton’s poems in At the End of the War layer ancient, sacred ritual and texts with contemporary life and language. Clinton’s chiseled poems bespeak a consciousness trying to come to terms with history, specifically the horrific atrocities of WWII and the Holocaust. There’s a communal “we” in many of the poems of a people searching for an identity, a marginalized culture trying to define and reinvent itself on the historical stage. At the End of the War offers a poetic coming to terms with history, a Taoist way to emerge on the other side of atrocities—and speaks poetically for the self and contemporary society.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218