In a spring of floods, a son returns to rural Arkansas to help care
for his dying father.

Ed Madden’s Ark is a poetry book about family, about old wounds and new rituals, about the extraordinary importance of ordinary things at the end of life, about the gifts of healing to be found in the care of the dying. At once a memoir in verse about hospice care and a gay son’s book-length lament for a father who cut him off a decade earlier, Ark is about the things that can be fixed, and those that can’t.

Ed will read selections from the writing.

Ed Madden is originally from Arkansas and was named the first Poet Laureate of Columbia, South Carolina, in 2015. He teaches at the University of South Carolina and is the author of three previous books of poetry—Signals (USC, 2008), which won the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, Prodigal: Variations (Lethe, 2011), and Nest (Salmon, 2014).

Free admission but please book as places are limited.

Fri 17th November
The Barracks


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