Jack B. Bedell

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Biography

Recently named the Louisiana State Poet Laureate, Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems; Call and Response; Come Rain, Come Shine; What Passes for Love; and At the Bonehouse.

 

 

 


Schedule

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Discussion
Salvos into the World of Micro-Memoirs

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
Discussion
A Conversation with Louisiana State Poet Laureate Jack Bedell

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
Reading
Louisiana Poets, Part II


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Revenant: Poems

"This small book takes us on a stroll into the humid, fecund waterways of Bedell's portion of the Gulf Coast caledl Louisiana. But don't be fooled into thinking that this gorgeously rendered landscape is anything less than the dreamscape that haunts us all—the internal externalized into tableaus full of those who have come before and those to whom we seek to give the future as a holy present. The greatest gift (and there are many) of this sequence of poems is that through their careful, painterly and meditative aspects we ourselves become "revenant," that is, Bedell's walk with us transforms us into someone who returns as transparent with meaning and helpful Beauty as are his poems." — Sarah Cortez, Councilor, Texas Institute of Letters, Author, Cold Blue Steel.

"It's the tender urgencies to get me every time in Jack Bedell's poems. These Revenant poems lean into eternal return: a father saving things against themselves, uncle's whose enigmatic sayings are finally realized, dos-gris diving for food, I dead turtles last directions to Grace, the Pelicans fight into the wind, ancient Timeless wind and hair, and that part of the place making the sea grass green. Each poem here is as alive as yeast is sweet dough rising in a Mother's kitchen." —Daryl Bourque, former Louisiana Poet Laureate, author of Megan's Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie

"I have long admired Jack Bedell's poetry and count him as one of the South's most important poets. In this collection, Revenant, but they'll twines of water Motif through each of these imaginal and imaginative poems. Indeed, what I most appreciate about Modell's work is that, and what Robert Penn Warren called a moment of mania, a moment in arguably still taking place in contemporary riding the amorphous and befuddling poetry that predominates, Modell's work is as clear as important as air, but never Airy, and his use of the elements Fight, Win, and particularly water ensures that these poems when we exist in readers Minds long after they've been read. The Bedell focuses on the important and the radiant." —William Wright, Series Editor, The southern poetry anthology

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