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Matthew Freeman & Hart L'Ecuyer Reading/Signing

Matthew Freeman discovered he was a poet when as a teenager he awoke to the sensation of falling. His latest book, Trying to Take a Nap, consists of a cycle of poems written during a week when the poet just could not fall asleep. He has his MFA, is to be published in many journals, and plays his songs all around the countryside. 

To open The Pages of Hart L'Ecuyer is to take a wild and hallucinogenic journey through drugs, sex, love, surrealism, terror, and beauty. Ugliness and banality offend in equal parts; soaring rhythms and contracted sonnets anchor a book the true thrust of which has yet to be determined. From "chain link moiré" to "bowing down before the dawn," any reader of this book is sure to emerge as illuminated as they are confused. In addition to setting forth a political manifesto and a spiritual testament, this book contains the first poems of a movement L'Ecuyer has coined "industrial surrealism." You know what to do.

Where to start with Hart L'Ecuyer. A proud St. Louis native, he was educated haphazardly at Loyola University Chicago, St. Louis University, Webster University, and New York University. Is he a prophet? A charlatan? Is he to be trusted? One thing we know for sure: he received The Pages on 22 August 2015, and since then his life has never been the same. He is the founder of the Left Hand of the Pages (LHP) and can often be found at Livery Company scribbling away. He has performed all over town, as well as at bookstores and bars in Chicago, Kansas City, New York, Berlin, and Paris. 

Event date: 
Thu, 09/14/2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130
The Pages: The Range of Acceptable Dosages Cover Image
ISBN: 9781548834562
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 19th, 2017

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