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Madeline Kunin & Richard Michelson

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  • In Madeleine May Kunin’s second poetry collection, Walk With Me, the well-versed poet and three-term Vermont governor invites the audience to step into her world, to slow down and #nd new serenity in older age and unexpected love. Kunin explores the nuances of everyday moments that cultivate a bittersweet appreciation for simple joys. Walk With Me is a beautifully crafted illustration of not only what it means to be a woman on the eve of ninety years of life, but a feminist, a politician, an immigrant, a mother, a lover, a companion, and a living thing in the midst of an ever-turbulent world. 
  • Richard Michelson’s new collection, I’m Sleeping As Fast As I Can, follows him growing up under the shadow of the Holocaust, in a Brooklyn neighborhood consumed by racial strife. In these poems, Michelson pays tribute to his father, a victim of gun violence, and honors his mother’s surrender to dementia. Still, it is Michelson’s sense of humor and acute awareness of Jewish history, with its ancient emphasis on the fundamental worth of human existence, that makes this accessible book, finally, celebratory and life-affirming.
  • Madeleine May Kunin was the first woman to be elected governor of Vermont, and was also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland. She is the author of two books of poetry, and lives in Shelburne, Vermont.
  • Richard Michelson’s is the author of three collections of poetry and nineteen books for children. The former Poet Laureate of Northampton, he hosts a poetry radio program and owns R. Michelson Galleries.
Production Date: 
Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 17:00

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