October 2, 2018 –
Join us at the Hilton Head Island branch of the Beaufort County Library System for a reading by poet and editor Clifford Brooks, author of Athena Departs and The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics.
“Clifford Brooks writes a passionate, eloquent poetry, as wide-ranging as the models he sometimes invokes, including the blues and the epics.”–Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate
“Clifford Brooks tells us early on, ‘I reflect on all the reasons/life refused to let me go.’ But his expansive poems are more than reflections, so much more. Brooks creates in his workplaces where the blues and philosophy both sing their songs of modern doubt and love… In his vast and varied writings in Athena Departs, Brooks invites us to consider where are our voices in this world of problems and possibilities. He will keep singing strong and clear, hoping we find our notes and join the chorus.”–Jon Tribble, author of And There is Many a Good Thing
Clifford Brooks was born in Athens, Georgia. His first poetry collection, The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics, nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry, will be re-issued by Kudzu Leaf Press in 2018. His second full-length poetry volume, Athena Departs: Gospel of a Man Apart, as well as a limited-edition poetry chapbook, Exiles of Eden, were published in Kudzu Leaf Press in 2017. Brooks is the founder of The Southern Collective Experience, a cooperative of writers, musicians, and visual artists, which publishes the journal the Blue Mountain Review and hosts the radio show Dante’s Old South. He currently lives in northwest Georgia and is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Reinhardt University.