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Pop-up: Sarah Bokich

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Portland local, Sarah Bokich, will read from her poetry collection, Rocking Chair at the End of the World.

Bokich is paired with The Beleaguered Mother by Louis-Marc-Antoine Bilcoq; found in the European Art, floor 2, gallery 201. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Sarah Bokich’s collection Rocking Chair at the End of the World invites the reader to share an imperative and deeply human journey to the nebulous intersection of bereavement and renewal. In poems such as “The Visitors” and “Trading the Animals,” Bokich adopts the personas of a lover, a zookeeper, an infant, and a young mother to study the different ways we find ourselves suspended—between successive phases of life, between dreams and reality, and between the natural and developed worlds. Tender, fierce, and irreverent in turn, Bokich explores our human appetites and frailties in a debut collection that former Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears describes as “devastating” and writer and critic David Biespiel praises as exhibiting “a virtuosity of solemn joy.” With a unique blend of lyricism and violence that echoes the work of Sylvia Plath, Bokich struggles to ascertain her roles as a woman and mother, while pursuing a central question: how best to love each other in this world and the next.

Sarah Bokich

Sarah Bokich is a poet and marketing consultant. She received her BA from the University of Portland, and her MBA from Portland State University. Her work has appeared in Voicecatcher, Cloudbank, The Woman, Inc., The Timberline Review, and many others, and her chapbook Rocking Chair at the End of the World was published in 2017 with Finishing Line Press. Sarah lives with her family in Portland, Oregon and can be reached at www.sarahbokich.com.
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