Jim Shepard Reads with Mark Strand at NYS Writers Institute

Anybody who is lucky enough to be spending June 29th in Saratoga, NY should definitely go to a reading with Jim Shepard and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Mark Strand.  Here’s a short Mark Strand poem taken from the website, Poets.org

The Coming of Light

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves,
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows,
sending up warm bouquets of air.
Even this late the bones of the body shine
and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.

And here’s a wonderful clip of Jim Shepard discussing his first encounter with J.D. Salinger, from the NYS Writers Institute in 2008:

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