Todd Boss Poetry Reading!
Dragonfly Books is thrilled to welcome critically-acclaimed poet Todd Boss back to Decorah for poetry and conversation on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books. Boss has formerly served as Luther College's writer-in-residence and hosted the ArtHaus Poetry Slam.
A poet, public artist, film producer, and lyricist, Todd Boss holds a diverse career with a passion for collaboration. Boss’s poetry collections include Yellowrocket (W.W. Norton 2008), Pitch (W.W. Norton 2012), and Tough Luck (W.W. Norton 2017). Yellowrocket was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and was named a Midwest Booksellers’ Honor Book for Poetry. Pitch was also a Minnesota Book Award finalist and won the Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award.
Todd Boss lives in Minneapolis where he teaches at the Loft Literary Center, has served on the board of directors of Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, and has been artist in residence at the Target Studio at the Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota.
Everyone is invited to listen and engage in discussion as Boss shares his poetry and talks about writing on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Boss’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of our staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.
At the center of Tough Luck is a poem about the ill-fated I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and its disastrous collapse, which killed 13 people and injured 145. The freighted, swiftly moving poems in Tough Luck crisscross the chasm between peril and safety as if between opposing riverbanks, revealing a frequently heart-stopping view of the muscled waters below.
from "Overtures on an Overturned Piano" . . . our hi-beam playe across the gleaming be of snowdrifted brambl where it lay moaning chaotically . .
Increasingly, Todd Boss has been attracting attention, with poems in the Paris Review and The New Yorker and a series in Poetry. His first collection, set in the Midwest, alternately features a childhood Wisconsin farm, the record-breaking storm that destroyed it, and the turbulent marriage that recalls it. Love and wonder mingle in these lines.