May 4, 2020
On Wednesday, April 29th, the University of Arizona Press partnered with Birchbark Books for a National Poetry Month event featuring three poets from the University of Arizona Press Sun Tracks series: Molly McGlennen, Casandra López, and Laura Da’.
Molly McGlennen read from her first book with the Press, Our Bearings, a collection of narrative poetry that examines and celebrates Anishinaabe life in modern Minneapolis. Crafted around the four elements—earth, air, water, and fire— the poems are a beautifully layered discourse between landscapes, stories, and the people who inhabit them.
Casandra López, read from her book, Brother Bullet, which speaks to both a personal and collective loss, as López confronts her relationships with violence, grief, guilt, and ultimately, endurance. Revisiting the memory and lasting consequences of her brother’s murder, López traces the course of the bullet—its trajectory, impact, wreckage—in lyrical narrative poems.
Laura Da’, has two books published with the Press, Instruments of True Measure, and Tributaries. Her newest book, Instruments of True Measure, charts the coordinates and intersections of land, history, and culture. Lyrical passages map the parallel lives of ancestral figures and connect dispossessions of the past to lived experiences of the present.