Abby E. Murray, poet laureate for the city of Tacoma and editor in chief of Collateral, will read from her first full-length collection of poems, Hail and Farewell, winner of the 2019 Perugia Press Poetry Prize. Come listen to poems that explore pacifism through a military lens and marriage through one of individual identity. There will be time for Q&A with Abby as well as signed books available.
Keetje Kuipers reviewed Hail and Farewell writing, "At a time when lines of ideological division run particularly deep, it gives me hope to see a poet exploring the nuances of patriotism and pacifism through the voice of a speaker who embraces the duality of her identity as both a wife and also a person defined by much more than her gender or marital status. Though full of men, Hail and Farewell is a book made of everything that a woman is expected to be—beautiful, fecund, and endlessly patient—cast against the surreal landscapes of a homecoming ceremony for returning soldiers or the military family housing that turns strangers into reluctant intimates. Most of all, I’m heartened to see that what I’ve always told my students is true: If there is a story that needs to be told, there is someone who can tell it. And damn, but Abby E. Murray tells this one."