Susan Stewart and Princeton University Press Poets Simon West and Myronn Hardy

Prickly Moses: Poems & Aurora Americana: Poems
Nov 28, 2023, 6:00 pm7:30 pm



Event Description
Book cover of Prickly Moses — a painting of a bird, a fish, grass and water

Labyrinth Books and the Princeton University Press present an evening of readings by the poets whose collections are the most recent in the press’s Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. The series is edited by Susan Stewart, the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities, emeritus, and professor of English, emeritus. Stewart — herself an acclaimed poet, critic, as well as translator — will introduce the poets, and the event will celebrate her tenure, which is coming to a close, as editor of this series.

An uncanny blend of the external and the intimate has been a hallmark of Simon West’s poetry for nearly 20 years. In this new collection, the Australian poet and Italianist delights in the transforming and endlessly varied powers of naming and speaking. Again and again, language and the senses throw themselves into the nameless riot of the world, from eucalypts and clouds to a medieval bell tower and the sounds a pencil makes as it crosses a page.

Cover of Aurora Americana by Myronn Hardy: a bird, a lizard, and a person in a costume with feathers and a mask

In Aurora Americana, Myronn Hardy, an American poet who moved back to the United States after living for years in Morocco, reflects on exile and return as he describes the experience of leaving North Africa and rediscovering a North America both recognizable and unrecognizable. What does it mean to feel exiled both away from and at “home”? What does it mean to miss something? With poems set at or near dawn, Hardy explores an ominous yet hopeful new morning in America, one in which potential cataclysm exists alongside possibility and change.

Simon West is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Carol and Ahoy and The Ladder, which was shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. He is also the author of Dear Muses? Essays in Poetry and the editor and translator of The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti. Myronn Hardy is the author of five previous books of poems, including Radioactive Starlings. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Poetry, the New Republic, and the Baffler, among other publications, and have won many prizes, including the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award. He teaches at Bates College.

  • Labyrinth Books
  • Princeton University Press
  • Department of English
  • Humanities Council