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A Signing with Jeanne Foster
June 4 • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us Sunday, June 4th at 1pm for a signing with Jeanne Foster, author of Your Form Became My Own!
She will be signing books upstairs. This event is free to attend.
“There is another world, but it is in this one,” wrote Paul Éluard, and Jeanne Foster’s numinous, visionary poems in Your Form Became My Own illustrate this insight better than any I know. Deeply felt, elegantly articulated, and brilliantly imaginative, they are set in Italy, California, and the American Gulf Coast of her youth. On the one hand, she is writing a religious poem, and at the same time a love poem. Foster’s gift is to witness again and again the timeless in a single glimpse. Her focus is pure, her language of a compelling originality, beauty, and exactness, and her metaphors have the authority of facts. She affirms a mutable, animated, and personal world with a prayerful candor that I have not seen since reading the Italian poems of her mentor, James Wright.” – Rodney Jones
Jeanne Foster grew up in New Orleans. She graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She lives now in Berkeley CA, where she is Professor Emerita at Saint Mary College of California. She is also a Unitarian Universalist minister.
A noted writer, her poems have appeared in numerous journals. Her first poetry book, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Other books include Goodbye, Silver Sister, collected poems; Appetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women; and a critical work, A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry, which asks the question, Is there still sacred ground to stand on? She is co-translator with Alan Williamson of The Living Theatre: Selected Poems of Bianca Tarozzi, which won the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation. Her new book of poems, out this year, is Your Form Became My Own. She is a former Poet-in-Residence at Tulane.
In addition to writing, her passion is ballroom dancing and, in paticular, ballroom dancing in Tuscany.