Poetry Flash with Martha Rhodes and Bruce Willard


Poetry FlashDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of Poetry Flash on Sunday, April 9th at 3pm featuring Martha Rhodes and Bruce Willard.

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Poetry Flash at DIESEL, A Bookstore OaklandMartha Rhodes’s new book of poems is The Thin Wall. Susan Wheeler says, “The Thin Wall—between care and resentment, protectiveness and rage, betrayal and abandonment–marks the furious, vital poems in Martha Rhodes’s fifth collection…Martha Rhodes has long been one of our finest poets, and now she has written her best and most moving book.” Her previous collections are At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance, Mother Quiet, and The Beds. She directs the summer Conference on Poetry at the Frost Place and is the director of Four Way Books in New York City.

Photo Credit- Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Poetry Flash at DIESEL, A Bookstore OaklandBruce Willard’s new book of poems is Violent Blues. Juan Felipe Herrera says, “Willard plays the notes in-between—the awakenings, loves and losses, the slippages between two blurred bodies of life, of sending and receiving­ that is the 'ununderstandable,' perhaps like Thelonious Monk's fractured piano, the one that flames in the center of being, meaning, and enlightenment.” His earlier collection is Holding Ground. He spends his time in Maine, Colorado, and California and runs several clothing businesses.


Poetry Flash at DIESEL, A Bookstore OaklandCopies of The Thin Wall and Violent Blues will be available for purchase at the event.




Event date: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
The Thin Wall (Pitt Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822964537
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - February 13th, 2017

Violent Blues (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935536758
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Four Way Books - September 20th, 2016