CAROUSEL Magazine: Blog, USERREVIEW 041 (Capsule): A Map of Rain Days

CAROUSEL Magazine: Blog, USERREVIEW 041 (Capsule): A Map of Rain Days

CAROUSEL Magazine: Blog – USERREVIEW 041 (Capsule): A Map of Rain Days

“My mother’s toes are / crooked and curled / in a misguided, arthritic map / of rain days,” writes Jennifer Hosein in the eponymous poem of her debut collection, A Map of Rain Days. In these lines there is a conflation of body and world, but also of space and time. Time becomes an entity that is spatially translatable and cartographically organizable. This is a conceit that manifests in a variety of ways over the course of the book, with the speaker’s personal history folding, unfolding, refolding in non-chronological complexity, often as not invoked by a particular locale being seen or remembered. Like rain, which comes and goes, is here and not, but is always, always (and necessarily) returning, the speaker’s suffering is not presented as a phenomenon that she will progress beyond or definitively escape from. There is no world without rain, and trauma is a recurrent (but never ceaseless or omnipresent) element of the speaker’s environment. Alternating between vivacious and restrained, Hosein’s poems are alive to the panoply of human experience.

 

 

DRAFT 16.6 Reading, July 18, 2021

DRAFT 16.6 Reading, July 18, 2021

DRAFT 16.6 reading, July 18, 2021

Please join us for the last reading of Season 16!

This very special event includes spoken word, visual art, improvised music, all together in a literary sphere. Featured writers are:

Andrea Thompson, poet, novelist, editor and educator

Jennifer Hosein , writer, visual artist, and educator

Gloria Blizzard, poet and essayist with saxophonist Michael Arthurs

We will also be joined by four additional very talented writers: Robin Pacific, H. Nigel Thomas, Carol B. Duncan and Eleni Gouliaras.

 

 

Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series at The University of Oklahoma, July 15th, 2021

Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series at The University of Oklahoma, July 15th, 2021

Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series at The University of Oklahoma, July 15th, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Jennifer Hosein will be the featured reader at the prestigious reading series at 8 p.m., following an open mic.