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.”