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Paisley Rekdal Reads From West: A Translation


“Sorrowful news sings the telegram / and Lincoln’s body slides from DC / to Springfield, his third son, Willie, / boxed beside him.” In this 2019 City of Asylum event, Paisley Rekdal reads from her multimedia poem “West: A Translation,” a book-length work commissioned by Utah’s Spike 150 organization to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Rekdal’s hybrid collection, published in May by Copper Canyon Press, is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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