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Paul Jones Poetry Reading
June 30, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us for an evening celebrating the literary legacy of Elizabeth Spencer through the appreciative lens of Sally Greene, along with a poetry reading by Paul Jones from his latest work, Something Wonderful at Fly Leaf Books (Chapel Hill). The Edward Tales is a focused character study on the most fascinating, mercurial figure who appeared several times in Spencer’s work, Edward Glenn. Sally Greene brings together the four narratives in which Edward figures: the play For Lease or Sale (1989) and three short stories, “The Runaways” (1994), “Master of Shongalo” (1996), and “Return Trip” (2009). The collection allows readers to observe Spencer’s evolving style while offering glimpses of the moral reasoning that lies at the heart of all her work. Greene’s critical introduction helpfully places these narratives within the context of Spencer’s entire body of writing. The Edward Tales confirms Spencer’s place as one of our most beloved and accomplished writers. Paul Jones’ latest collection of poetry, Something Wonderful, in the words of Jaki Shelton Green, ‘embodies a vast, intimate terrain. These poems listen back through lenses of nature, variations of joy, sorrow, mischief, surrender, death, and a few constellations of mystery in between. Paul Jones perches the reader in limbs that were empty choir lofts. From this vantage point of his lyrical universe we experience the space between dreams, new worlds created by old words spoken, odes to tubers, donuts, and the magical everydayness of where poetry lives and is sustained. Something Wonderful offers poetics that are accessible, language that stirs memory, and imagery that overflows cups meant to constrain. This new collection by Paul Jones makes us swoon to a song about “a world where nothing that is cut bleeds.”’