A poetry reading with Chris Dombrowski, EARTH AGAIN, and Jack Ridl, PRACTICING TO WALK LIKE A HERON, will be presented at Horizon Books of Traverse City on Saturday, March 16 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

The second full-length collection from award-winning poet Chris Dombrowski, EARTH AGAIN, transports readers to an imaginative world where identity is explored and expanded. With a mixture of long poems and shorter pieces, Dombrowski probes birth, death, sex, memory, and our blessed but treacherous engagement with the natural world.

While he writes from a number of points of view and employs both male and female speakers, much of the collection’s singular insight centers around masculine identity and being a husband and a father. Readers come away transformed, “like the land / gasping as it does each late winter evening when / the sky at tree line, nearly sapphiric, goes black,” as these poems prove Dombrowski to be a truly original American voice.

In  PRACTICING TO WALK LIKE A HERON, multiple-award-winning Michigan poet Jack Ridl shares lines of well-earned wisdom in the face of a constantly changing world. The familiar comforts of life—a warm fire in winter, a lush garden in summer—become the settings for transcendent and universal truths in these poems, as moments of grief, sadness, and melancholy trigger a deeper appreciation for small but important joys.

The simple clarity of Ridl’s lines and diction make the poems accessible to all readers, but
especially rewarding for those who appreciate carefully honed, masterful verse

For more information, contact Jill Beauchamp at read@horizonbooks.com.