On Monday, April 2, Fontbonne English Professor and Poet-in-Residence Jason Sommer will share his poetry at Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave, at 8 p.m. Much of Sommer’s poetry discusses growing up as the child of a Holocaust survivor.
Through his poetry, Sommer seeks a shared understanding and process of discovery with his readers. As the University of Chicago Press put it, “As a survivor’s child, Sommer must consider how to live in the wake of history, among those who are indelibly marked by it.” His poems offer us the opportunity to think about the challenges we face as well as thoughtful ways to consider how stories and history can influence and help mediate between our raw experience and our need for meaning.
Joining Sommer for this reading is fellow poet H.L. Hix, a creative writing professor in the MFA program at the University of Wyoming.
This event is sponsored by St. Louis Poetry Center.
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