Join us as we welcome Ken Weisner for a reading, discussion and signing of Cricket to Star (available beginning January 27th at Bookshop Santa Cruz), his third collection of poetry and his first since 2010, eases in with nature poems that meditate on solitude, the wilderness within, and childhood—then steps down into the manuscript's underworld...mourning the rupture of a marriage. Section three meditates on "remaking" the psyche, and moves into elegy, meditations, and the tonal refuge of irony; section four re-enters the natural world, the world of desire, and the healing gaze of love.
"There is so much pleasure to be had in Cricket to Star, Ken Weisner’s latest collection of poems, I didn’t want it to end. Weisner is like that one amazing friend, smart, funny, large of spirit, a gifted raconteur. Whether he’s describing the Truckee river and its 'singing mouths' or riffing on ants in his bed as 'wise men come to the Bethlehem of my body,' he imbues his lines with exuberance and grace. His gaze is by turns wounded, ecstatic and patient, but always 'busy, uncovering something human, something splendid.' I’m reminded of the bards, those consummate poets and singers who traveled the countryside. 'He could balance chairs on his nose while juggling plates, or sing arias blindfolded,' Weisner writes in 'Dream.' He might be dreaming of himself." —Ellen Bass
"Weisner is the generous master of all possible landscapes, an inexhaustible lover and sufferer, a poet of the lyrical, whimsical and bitter truths of our times." —Elizabeth McKenzie
Ken Weisner enjoys his day job as a De Anza College Community College English teacher, and both advises and edits Red Wheelbarrow, their literary journal. He coordinates, with Poetry Center San José, the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. For fifteen years, Ken edited Quarry West out of Porter College, UCSC. Ken has published two previous volumes of his own poetry with Santa Cruz’s Hummingbird Press, including Anything on Earth in 2010. Ken’s poems have appeared most recently in Perfume River Poetry Review, Catamaran, Caesura, Nine Mile, Porter Gulch Review, and Phren-Z. Ken also teaches poetry writing at Salinas Valley State Prison.