The Cabin is bringing local literature to East Boise.
We’ve partnered with the City of Boise to invite one local writer a month to activate, engage, and interact with Vox Poplar, a piece of public art created by Janet Zweig for the Library! at Bown Crossing. Vox Poplar consists of a large, sculptural, scroll of paper with a bas-relief image of Cottonwood trees carved into the face. The scroll of paper feeds into a manual typewriter mounted to a pedestal.
A glass top vitrine will accompany the sculpture and provide a viewing space for written works generated from the project.
The writer-in-residence for February is Michael McKee Green.
Michael McKee Green’s first book of poems, Fugue Figure (the Kent State University Press), was selected by Khaled Mattawa as the winner of the 2017 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. He is also the author of the micro-chapbook Blue Portrait (Oxidant | Engine ), as well as the recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize. Poems of his appear in journals such as Michigan Quarterly Review and Fog Machine, and his poem “In Remit” won the Burnam Poetry Scholarship (Judge, Ed Skoog). Currently, he is an MFA candidate at Boise State University, where he reads for Ahsahta Press and teaches creative writing.
On his approach to Vox Poplar:
When lineation and page-breaks are central parts of a genre, it is worth interrogating the kinds of sovereignty margins hold over any person writing poetry. The Vox Poplar interrupts the requirement of a reader to turn a page, or a poet to write around that constraint (e.g. have a poem end within one page, break after a thought to the next page, or awkwardly truncate a poem in the middle of a stanza, etc.).
The Vox Poplar allows me access to a limitless page, an opportunity seldom offered to poets (Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Ask and Anne Carson’s Nox both come to mind as examples of poems unfettered by the constraints of the traditional page). With the y-axis open, I will continue writing a long poem called Latticework, but without worry of where pages start and finish, and how those page breaks interfere with the poem’s rhetoric. By then end, I hope to type a section of the poem, after which I will hand-glue outside documents to the scroll.
See Michael at The Library! at Bown Crossing on:
Friday, February 9th, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday, February 22nd, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Sunday, February 25th, 2:00 – 4:00pm
The Library! at Bown Crossing is located at:
2153 E. Riverwalk Dr.
Boise , ID 83706