Multi-sensory Poetry Reading with Moira Egan at St. Stephen’s Cultural Center, Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm

Multi-sensory Poetry Reading with Moira Egan

St. Stephen’s Cultural Center

via Aventina 1

7 pm on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry, images, and perfumes, as Moira Egan reads from her latest book, Synæsthesium.

Winner of The New Criterion Poetry Prize, Synæsthesium is an unusual exploration of ekphrasis—poetry that takes a real or imagined work of art as its muse.

 

The first half of the book, “Olfactorium,” is inspired by various fragrances and the olfactory flashbacks—real or imagined—induced by them. From everyday Old Spice to exotic Casbah, the poems take the reader on journeys peppered with the luscious language of perfumery. The second part, “Love and Work,” is based on the artwork of Suzanne Valadon, the bold and unconventional model-turned-painter who was one of the great and under-appreciated artists of the Impressionist era.

 

This synæsthetic evening will feature projections of Valadon’s images, as well as samples of the perfumes that inspired the poems.

 

Moira Egan's Synæsthesium, like a unique perfume in a beautiful flask, expertly mingles the base-notes of memory and desire, art and womanhood, in the clear container of form. She writes from deep within the senses, but she spills nothing, with assurance of her craft. When we read these poems, we find that our own senses are renewed.

—Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

 

There is no one writing like Moira Egan. No one. These poems detail irreverent discoveries and always-vivid excursions into unknown worlds… places where, at first, you may think you’ve been but, oh no, you definitely haven’t. You may have seen a river wear the gold of sunset followed by the cloak of night; but, I promise, you’ve never seen it like this. … Egan has given us one hell of a book.

—Erica Dawson, Winner of The Poets’ Prize

 

A NOTE TO THE FRAGRANCE-SENSITIVE: There will be a corner devoted to the olfactory muses. Fragrances will be present at this event.

 

Moira Egan is the Creative Writing Teacher at St. Stephen’s School. She is the author of six previous collections of poetry and, with her husband, Damiano Abeni, has published more than a dozen volumes in translation in Italy. Their translation of Charles Wright’s Italia won the “Premio letterario Benno Geiger per la traduzione poetica.”

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"Refugees: Displacement and Survival" A Photo Exhibit at St. Stephen's Cultural Center Monday, November 27 from 5-7 p.m.

On Monday, November 27th,  morning assembly will focus on our school-wide theme on the plight of refugees with special guest speaker Jonathan Dumont, Head of Television Communications at the United Nations World Food Programme.  
 
His talk will be followed by a photo exhibition in the afternoon on Monday, November 27th from 5-7 p.m. at the St Stephen's Cultural Center.  The exhibit, organized by Dr Helen Pope and the Refugee Committee is titled "Refugees: Displacement and Survival" and features photos from WFP's Head of Television Communications Jonathan Dumont's personal collection, which document and bear witness to the perilous and difficult journey taken by people who have been forced from their homes because of war and civil strife, famine, and persecution. 
 
 
Included are poignant images and refugee stories from the Congo,  South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Chad and the Myanmar Rohingyas.
 
 
Accompanying photographs from Medecins Sans Frontières and Dr. Helen Pope.
 
The St. Stephen's Cultural Center is located on the corner of Via Aventina, 1. 
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