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June 11 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 11, 7pm

The public is invited to a free author talk and signing by nationally acclaimed poet Elizabeth Elliott at Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast on Tuesday, June 11. Former poetry instructor in the Gallatin Division of New York University, Elliott has published six books of poetry and gives readings across the country. She will be reading from several of her books, including her most recent, Climate Change and Nature: While Choice is Ours, as well as selections from her forthcoming book.

Of Climate Change, Elliott writes that “It is not just about the changing climate, but about the present climate of our culture, how it is infected by our failure to politically assert our timeless and long-held values. It is also about the difference between fact and truth, obedience and disobedience. And about our deep connection to nature and hope.”

Elliott says that “with one or two exceptions there has been no time when I was not beginning a poem, working on a poem or feeling certain a poem was complete. Poetry has stopped time for sure; the cause of every poem is still as vivid to me as when I was twenty or fifty. Poems are my response to both the world around me and the world beyond me.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery wrote of Elliott’s work:
“The precisions of Dickinson and Moore, their somewhat tactful measurings of the sublime (important not to intimidate it!), and, farther back, the elegiac smile of Herrick and Vaughan’s starry night inform Elizabeth Elliott’s poetry, for our pleasure and profit. Hers is a strong and original voice that speaks from the center of the English poetic tradition.”

Now in her 80s with 8 grandchildren, Elizabeth has been writing since she was a little girl and still has an encyclopedia she wrote when she was 10 years old, eager to understand the meaning of life. She loves science and has written many poems in response to biology, physics, and odd natural phenomena like the Soliton. Her poetry brings to readers many unexpected elements, including humor and often an irreverent voice.

Elliott cites Shakespeare, Donne, Keats and Stevens as some of the most important influences on her work, but says that “French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson influenced me directly, how I’d come to write, think about, complete each and every poem. His book The Decisive Moment told me everything I needed to know. I suppose the main thing all is that all five of these artists lived in the beautiful and their work gives me permission also to live in the beautiful. These are the five with whom I feel at home. I imagine everyone has their own list of the heights we connect to, the few who totally connect to us.”

Reservations for the free talk and signing are strongly encouraged. Please email (leftbank@myfairpoint.net) or call (207-338-9009) Left Bank Books to reserve a seat. Left Bank Books is located at 109 Church St. in downtown Belfast, in the historic Opera House building. Ample parking is available on the street and in an adjacent public parking lot.


June 11
7:00 pm
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Left Bank Books
(207) 338-9009


Left Bank Books
109 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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