An Evening of Poetry
The speaker will be poet Gretchen Primack, who has been teaching for college programs in state prisons for many years. Her third collection, Visiting Days, is set; in an imaginary maximum-security men's prison; each poem is in the voice of someone incarcerated or visiting there. For this program, she will read from the collection and discuss the issues surrounding incarceration.
Says DC-area poet and editor Truth Thomas, "In writing about the mass incarcerated skeletons in America's closet, Primack unapologetically affirms the fact of their existence and their humanity. This courageous work is authentic in the feel of its persona poems, masterful in its balance of poetic impressionism and realism". The daughter of Kehila's Karen and Aron, Gretchen also moonlights as a bookseller at an independent bookstore in Woodstock, NY. The oneg is at the Watergate East, three blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Just walk south on New Hampshire Ave., which is behind the station. There may be street parking, and the building's garage offers evening parking for $14 until midnight. There are two spaces available free (by reservation) for people with special needs. Mort and Mina advise: "Regarding parking we would suggest carpooling. You can save money on parking in the Watergate by reserving a spot via of the online parking services such as parking whiz." Please bring snacks. To RSVP and for questions, email Aron at email@example.com.