Trinity parishioner J. Chester Johnson will discuss and sign two of his newly published books: Now and Then: Selected Longer Poems and Auden, The Psalms, and Me.
Poet Cornelius Eady, a National Book Award winner and co-founder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African-American poets and poetry, will open the program with comments on the two books.
Location: Poet’s House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282
Reception and refreshments to follow.
Presented by Trinity Church Wall Street Congregational Arts with Poets House’s Literary Partners Program.
More about the books
Now And Then: Selected Longer Poems (St. Johann Press, January 2017) consists of nine verse pieces written over several decades punctuated with distinctive subject matter, such as an interracial murder in Arkansas, a conversation with a long departed father, and the anti-Nazi activism of the German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Lawrence Joseph says of this volume: “It provides its readers with the same amplitude of intelligence, passion and formal achievement as our great American epics—Melville’s Moby Dick, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and Ginsberg’s Fall of America.”
Johnson’s second book, Auden, The Psalms, and Me (Church Publishing, publishing arm of the Episcopal Church, September 2017), tells the story of the retranslation of the Psalms now included in The Book of Common Prayer, for which Johnson and W. H. Auden were the two poets on the drafting committee.