Book Release & Poetry Reading for THE NOW DARK SKY, SETTING US ALL ON FIRE

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7702 Santa Monica Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90046

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Book release, reading, and reception for THE NOW DARK SKY, SETTING US ALL ON FIRE by Robert Krut, recipient of the Codhill Poetry Award.

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Please join us for the book release of Robert Krut's third collection, The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All on Fire, recipient of the Codhill Poetry Award. The evening will feature a reading by the author, along with guest poets. Before and after the reading, books will be available for purchase.

Doors at 8 pm, and the reading starts at 8:30 sharp in the back room.

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About the author:

Robert Krut is the author of three books: The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All on Fire (Codhill Press, 2019), recipient of the Codhill Poetry Award; This Is the Ocean (Bona Fide Books, 2013), winner of the Lanitis Gregory Poetry Award; and The Spider Sermons (BlazeVox, 2009). He teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and lives in Los Angeles. More information is available at www.robert-krut.com.

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About the book:

From the very first poem in this quiet and intimate collection, Robert Krut inventively crafts image after shape-shifting image, each suggesting an alternate universe designed to help us better understand our real one. From a preacher in a lentil rainstorm to a doorman wearing a hat full of beetles, we meet people (and see places) filled not only with what is real but with what is possible. Between these magical details runs a clear and steady narrative: a speaker who dons the “too-small sweater of summer.” Who knows that “danger isn’t a bomb, danger is a drip.” And who survives “this pension of suffering.” The graceful poems in The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All On Fire beautifully balance being both agent and acted upon. Krut is a poet of vivid imagery and distinctive voice. –Patricia Colleen Murphy, author of Bully Love

A poem inside a poem is a guest, and Robert Krut’s new compilation The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All On Fire is worth putting the kettle on to serve. I am in awe at his ability with composing words, where the music from deep imagination comes easily to him. I’ve dined with these poems, went for long walks with “Now, Breathe Fire" and "Dear Demon" inside my coat pocket. I wrote his poem "Welcome" on a lotus leaf and posted it on my front door because it reminded me that it is good to welcome the essentiality of darkness from time to time. Let these poems be lanterns to the door you are about to open. This collection is a treasure and good reason why we must keep on breathing. –Sam Roxas-Chua 姚, author of Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater

​Robert Krut’s newest collection, The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All On Fire, paints a landscape of imagination where the Lord of Time might be bargained with as we are left “waiting to be swallowed whole.” The seductive tactility of Krut’s language reminds us of our bodies, our bones and teeth, our veins and fingerprints even as we move among dragons and giant arachnids. A provocative pendulum swinging from fantasy to physicality and back again, these poems acknowledge our longing for escape but leave us with the inescapable conclusion that we are tethered now and forever to ourselves and to this blood drenched world. —KMA Sullivan, author of Inclined to Riot

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