Kita Shantiris presents and signs What Snakes Want at the Bowery Poetry Club, with Kelly Fordon and Daisy Krikun
Bowery Poetry | 308 Bowery, NYC
Kelly Fordon will read from her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, published by Wayne State University Press. Kita Shantiris will read from What Snakes Want, Mayapple Press and Daisy Krikun will perform during the interlude.
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
Slyly sexual, intense and funny, in What Snakes Want Kita Shantiris strips secrets of their power by telling them. Running away and returning, burying and unearthing, she—and a cast that includes abused siblings, desperate spinsters, and an army medic—struggle to escape their shadows. Throughout, startling metaphors and evocative images bring them to life.
A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health center, Shantiris faces trauma, yearning, love and loss head on. What Snakes Want traverses a menacing, bleak landscape as its characters shed their ghosts. Full of word play and mischief, sensuous love poems follow; never have oranges, or the word "dictum," been racier. The haunting elegies in the final section breathe life into the dead.
Fearless and compassionate, in What Snakes Want Kita shines light in our dark places. You will return to these haunting poems again and again.