Poets to read Wednesday at South Main Book Co.

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 19, 2017

Poets Anne-Marie Fyfe and C.L. Dallat will read their poetry at South Main Book Co. on Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

They will also sign and discuss their books, “Understudies: New and Selected Poems” and “The Year of Not Dancing.

“Understudies” brings together new poems of optimism and isolation, of assumed and confused identities, with some of the poems from Fyfe’s previous three collections that first brought readers into this world of lives at once chaotic and oddly consolatory that lie below placid surfaces.

Fyfe’s fifth poetry collection is “House of Small Absences” (Seren Books, 2015). Born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Ireland, she lives in London where she works as an arts organizer. She has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997, is poetry coordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Ireland, and is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society from 2006-2009.

House of Small Absences” has been called “a collection where the poems seem threaded together by the shared element of contemplation of spaces past and present – and what this ultimately reveals to us.”

Fyfe weaves the past and the present into her poetry to great effect, recounting days from her childhood as well as her more recent past, which strikes a chord with many of her audience.

C.L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic, (born in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Ireland) lives in London where he reviews literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s weekly Saturday Review since 1998.

His first poetry collection, “Morning Star,” was published in 1998. He won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006, and his latest collection is “The Year of Not Dancing.”

In this collection, Dallat explores “some of life’s most profound issues — the bonds of family and formation of identity, the sense of home and belonging, the function of grief, hope and remembrance — issues that are central to all our lives. Charting three generations of his own family, Dallat’s poetry is finely crafted, sometimes witty and always tender, alert to the nuances and ironies that are core to the formation of our sense of self.”

Fyfe and Dallat are married and have two children. They are on a spring tour of the southern United States.