KMA Sullivan, publisher at YesYes Books and author of the new collection Inclined to Riot, pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with poet Matt Hart, whose poetry collection, Everything Breaking / For Good is out from YesYes Books this year.
Sullivan and Hart are paired with the artwork Allegory of Poetry by Jean François de Troy; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.
About Inclined to Riot: Inclined to Riot, KMA Sullivan’s second poetry collection, calls out and pushes against historical and interpersonal expectations which seek to contain, silence, erase the substance of a woman as anything other than mother, daughter, compliant lover. This rejection of imposed identity and circumscribed possibility is offered in lyric, fluid, sensual images as the poet walks through art galleries across the United States and Europe responding to classical and contemporary art which attempt to tell her who she is. She does not relent: “even in fragments / mouth open, nostrils flared / I am nomad, moon goddess, carbon smear / if wings sprouted from my face / I would not fly back.” Instead, she emerges inclined to riot.
About Everything Breaking / For Good: The poems in Everything Breaking/For Good swerve through the world as they ache for something better, something that might be but isn’t…at least not yet, and maybe never. Matt Hart’s newest collection asks can a creative life really make it alright? Does imagination make the world? Is paying attention to what’s right in front of our faces the key to empathizing with a universe that isn’t? How do we find our feet with each other when everything seems to be breaking for good? How can we not?
Hart reveals in his skillful sixth book the instability in experiences and interactions with remarkable craftsmanship and command of imagery [and] revels in the impossibility of his own rhetorical situation, suggesting that poetry affords a testing ground for ideas and speculations, and seemingly implausible models of the world around us. This book stands as an accomplished addition to Hart’s innovative body of work.