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January 2021


Jan 14

Free Events Poetry

Brian Komei Dempster and Jennifer Perrine

Thu, Jan 14, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Brian Komei Dempster's latest book of poems Seize focuses on his experience of raising a son who suffers from intractable epilepsy and pervasive developmental delays. Moreover, the book explores wartime incarceration, domestic/familial/racial tensions, and legacies of trauma and violence—along with paths towards resolution. Through juxtaposition, the poems link seemingly disparate events through a central metaphor: seizure. Dempster will be interviewed by Portland author Jennifer Perrine. Jennifer is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Again (Airlie Press, 2020).…

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