Teatro Paraguas will host a poetry reading with famed Santa Fe poet Donald Levering on Sunday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m.
Donald Levering’s 16th book of poetry, Breaking Down Familiar, grapples with a host of harrowing assaults on the narrator and his family: illness and accidents, addiction and madness, estrangement and divorce. Yet as mind and body waver, faith is undermined and relationships shatter, aging parents cannot be changed or saved, and former athletes come to account for their infirmities, previously obscured forces emerge – as one ruined golfer put it in a poem: “Your character is revealed /in the handicap you claim.” Finally, the poems reconstitute the reconstitution of the family, as in the eponymous poem, pieces of broken bottles are remade into handicrafts made of sea glass.
Born in Kansas City, KS, Donald Levering grew up there and in Oceanside, NY. Former member of the NEA, he won the Tor House Robinson Jeffers Prize, selected by Eavan Boland; the Carve Poetry Prize, judged by Carmen Giménez Smith; and the Literal Latté Poetry Prize. Levering’s work has been featured on Keillor GarrisonThe Writer’s Almanac Podcast. Her Dieu de Coltrane was a finalist in the New England Book Festival competition and The Water Leveling With Us placed 2nd in the National Federation of Press Women’s competition. He lives in Santa Fe, NM, where he volunteers as a US Citizenship Guardian and Kitchen Angel.