Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013 and was published last month to great reviews. It was also a finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award. Previously, he published How the Boy Might See It), a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award, and two chapbooks—What We Have Learned to Love, which won Brickhouse Books’s 2008-2009 Stonewall Award—and Monsters and Victims. His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including Midwest Quarterly, The Hawai’i Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Alabama Literary Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Baltimore Review, and others. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. Here is what Carolyn Forché has to say about Charlie’s latest book:
“All The Heat We Could Carry is a rare, brilliant and necessary book, offering a people who have lived well during the war a species of lyric night-vision, a camouflage night, wherein we are taught to field strip a rifle, but also to think about the soul,/ a puff of wind/ shot from the mouth . . . Bondhus is a true poet, and this is among the best books I have read in a very long time.
THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN
Third Thursday Poetry
Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Where: The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.
On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices.
Free. Refreshments. Open mic.
Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting.