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Mark Statman reads from Exile Home

On September 15, tired as I was, I made my way to KGB for a poetry reading, and as soon as I got there, the atmosphere of the place began to resuscitate me. It was going to be, and it was, a great reading with four poets, Lee Ann Brown, Wanda Phipps, Jeff Wright, and Mark Statman, partly in celebration of Mark’s new book, Exile Home. Mark and his wife, Katherine Koch, had just arrived from Oaxaca, Mexico, where they have been living for a few years. KGB was the first stop on the book tour, and the place was packed. In the near future, I will post a Vimeo of the whole reading, but for now here is Mark and Exile Home, a book that begins with a poignant elegy, a goodbye and then a journey that is always coming home where the poem puts its hat down, a book of sustaining welcome and surprising constant hellos Enjoy.

Here is an interview with Mark Statman in the Columbia Review Magazine:


Exile Home is published by Lavender Ink. You can check them out here:


cover art by Katherine Koch

On a beach in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mark Statman and Katherine Koch

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