I can't believe it is finally happening. My book launch for Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017) on April 28! I'll be joined by the glorious poet Stephanie Heit and musicians John C. Savage, Tim DuRoche, and Andre St. James. And, of course, you and 16 of your closest friends.
Friday, April 28
Ford Food & Drink, 2505 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR
10 years in the making. My book. Along with gorgeous letter-pressed poems and my friend Stephanie's wonderful book, The Color She Gave Gravity, from The Operating System.
Bruising Continents is a love story to the landscape of the west and the south. A love story to the landscape of the body. Let me let some excerpted, incredibly generous blurbs of writers I adore speak for me:
"Claudia F. Savage’s song to her lover proves so thick in the throat that it also thrums a hymn to very eros. Bruising Continents strains at the page: it resembles the hive in one of its poems... "
H. L. Hix, author of I’m Here to Learn to Dream in Your Language
"...The very title of Claudia F. Savage’s Bruising Continents suggests that each body is a world all its own, and each world a body—land a kind of skin, skin a kind of land, and the love story lurking deep inside the drama of these poems reveals that eros properly seen is a force as monumental as continental drift, as intimate as rain in the mouth, and that desire not only makes us complicit in what gives us pleasure, it makes us 'a pleasure-bird / seeking the damp seed.' Better than a book of witness, and better than a book that is wise, this poet writes us a book of becomings, gives us no map of desire’s realm, but lets the roots root down, and the tendrils tendril out, weaving us back into the exuberant, confounded song that is the erotic world."
Dan Beachy-Quick, author of gentlessness
"This book will break your heart, your bones and your spine with awe through its metabolism of light and language... Savage turns her alchemical eye to the process of healing to re-present the world to us through rain that 'wants to be music'."
Jayne Fenton Keane, author of The Transparent Lung
"Claudia F. Savage’s poetry seeps into your body and leaves you wanting more than simply a taste. Once inside her words, you want to devour and gulp ferociously until you are full of her magic..."
Katie Jean Shinkle, author of Baby-Doll Under Ice and The Arson People
Please join us.