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February 27, 2007

Poet Kimiko Hahn to Read at Smith

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by poet Kimiko Hahn at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in  Stoddard Auditorium. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Hahn’s unique voice haunts as much as it is haunted. Her “daring, exciting poems,” notes the poet Ai, “take us into the dark woods of our own psyche.”  According to Publisher’s Weekly, Hahn’s work, “large in the range of her concerns and the intensity of their passions,” invites readers to re-imagine traditional notions of gender and selfhood.  

Freaks, daughters, lovers and monsters are all subject to Hahn’s unrelenting attention and honesty in the dark world of circumstance and desire. In her most recent book, “The Narrow Road to the Interior,” Hahn adapts the ancient Japanese artistic technique of “zuihitsu” (“running brush”). Formally innovative and informally contemplative, incorporating lyrical prose pieces, on-the-fly notations, lists, anecdotes, striking images, accounts of quotidian activities and sudden confessions, she uses the tools of fragmentation and paradox to drive her examination of the intimate intersections of memory, body and identity.

Born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., to a Japanese-American mother and a German-American father, Hahn is the author of seven volumes of poetry and the recipient of the American Book Award for her 1995 collection “The Unbearable Heart.”  She is Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College-CUNY and lives in New York.         

The reading will be followed by book sale and signing. For further information, call Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, Poetry Center director, at (413) 585-3368.

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Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

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