Susan B. A. Sommers-Willet
February 4, 2007 10:22pm CST
I attended a reading by Susan (she is applying for a professorship at my school) and I must say, it was incredible. She is mainly a performace/ slam poet, but a lot of the stuff that she read for us was her more typical work. Her poem on her father slipping away ("What the Doctors Do Not Tell You About Morphine") hit me in my gut even in the most bland surroundings. She also performed a poem called, I think, "Ophelia and the Technicolored G-String", which was in the voice of Ophelia, speaking to Hamlet as a stripper in modern-day New Orleans. The collection is a striking mix of humor, sadness, and wonder, and I definitely think that it is worth checking out. Anyone else familiar with her work? Any other contemporary poets you love?