Dire forecasts of a tropical storm, maybe even a hurricane striking our area were not enough to dissuade poet Molly Peacock. In the face of ominous predictions, (some could say they were a bit overblown) Molly traveled the length of Long Island to meet her devoted audience and read her poems as planned. She’s from Buffalo, she said, and lives in Canada where you learn to endure bad storms. Similarly undaunted, local poetry fans filled the house despite the bad weather. So what if the sky opened up and let loose a torrential downpour? At least we’re hearing good poetry. Molly presented a generous reading from her new collection Second Blush while the rain lashed against our windows and flooded local streets. Author of a number of non-fiction works including How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle, and a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece, Molly Peacock is editor of The Private I: Privacy in a Public World. She also has an essay included in the Best American Essays of 2007. She’s now at work on a biography of the 18th century collage artist Mrs. Delaney. Molly described her subject as an example of how one’s entire life is a creative act. Canio’s Books has available a limited number of signed copies of Second Blush .
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