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Gretchen Marquette presented by Magers & Quinn and Uptown Church

  • Uptown Church 1219 West 31st Street Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)

Join Magers and Quinn Booksellers and Uptown Church as they host poet Gretchen Marquette and the release of her debut collection, "May Day".

Gretchen Marquette’s "May Day" is both a distress call and a celebration of the arrival of spring. In this rich and unusually assured first collection, Marquette writes of the losses of a brother gone off to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a great love that has left the world charged with absence and grief. But there is also the wonder of the natural world: the deer at the edge of the forest, the dog reliably coaxing the poet beyond herself and into the city park where by tradition every "May Day" is pageantry, a festival of surviving the long winter. “What does it mean to be in love?” one poem asks. “As it turns out, / the second best thing that can happen to you / is a broken heart.”