Leslie Gerber “Lies of the Poets” – Saturday November 15, 4pm WAAM Free Poetry Event


Poetry Event

Saturday, November 15, 4:00 pm
Leslie Gerber  Lies of the Poets

Leslie Gerber was born in Brooklyn in 1943. He was graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in creative writing. For 39 years he ran a mail-order classical music business, while writing thousands of music reviews and articles. In 1970 he moved to Ulster County and has lived there ever since. He began writing poetry in 1999. He is a proud member of the Goat Hill Poets, founded by Cheryl A. Rice and himself. He lives in Woodstock with his wife and two dogs. Website: www.lesliegerber.net

What’s been said about Lies of the Poets:
Your poem [‘Lies of the Poets’] is clever and erudite enough to rescue your dubious reputation.” –Billy Collins,former Poet Laureate of the United States

“Sometimes sharply funny, sometimes achingly sad, always wise, precise, keenly observed, Leslie Gerber’s poetry is a richly textured joy to read.” –Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

“These poems brim with wit, feeling, shapeliness, connections, and sorrow. This poet loves the world that keeps breaking his heart.” Gail Godwin, novelist

“Leslie Gerber is plenty deft at humor, but he’s just as deft at heartbreak, delivering poems so unsentimentally powerful that they rearrange my organs. In his work, domestic violence survivors, a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and a dead child elbow their way through goose poop, shiny physical therapists, and the charming burgs of North and South Beerville. Stitched through these worthy works are language gems: ‘…dog leash in one hand/memory in the other’; ‘Wind blew a woman/away from me’; and (here go my organs) ‘So strange/to think that water hurts/something made to contain it–the way I, meant to contain/your love, am now eroding.’” –Gretchen Primack, poet

 Lies of the Poets Leslie Gerber

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