November 7, 2011 by Reader's Connection
As part of the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series, poet Curtis Crisler will give a reading at the University Library Lilly Auditorium on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m.
In his debut offering for youth, Crisler presents a collection of potent, hard-hitting poems about growing up in Gary, Indiana. Written mostly in voices of young African American males, the poems evoke the grit and ash of crumbling, burned-out streets as well as the realities of hardscrabble life . . . Many poems speak of terrifying violence; other selections talk about the struggles to claim a mature, male identity . . . Written with skillful manipulation of sound, rhythm, and form, the poems are filled with sophisticated imagery and graphic words (including the “n” word), and [Floyd] Cooper’s illustrations extend, rather than distract from, the poems’ impact. Created in sooty black and gray, the powerful drawings are mostly portraits of anguished young men. The speakers represent voices that are rare in books for youth, and their furious yearning for justice, love, safety, sex, and a good education is unforgettable, as is their hope in what Crisler calls hell: “I never felt poor like my poor / neighbors ’cause I had my crazy family.” — Booklist
All readings are free and open to the public. IUPUI’s University Library is located at 755 W. Michigan St. The Campus Center is located at 420 University Boulevard. Visitor parking is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. and the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont Street. Visitor parking will be validated. For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 274-8929.