James Kimbrell will be at Mosey's in Panama City, Florida, on Friday, April 29th, to read from his new book of poetry Smote. The event will begin at 10:30 pm.
Smote reads like an apparition that haunts a racially segregated American South, told through the eyes of a boy confronted by ghosts. Kimbrell presents a landscape of apartment complexes, featureless bars, shotguns, unemployment, and chemically tainted creeks. In language that combines the lushness and comic candor of Faulkner and O’Connor, Kimbrell’s formal mastery tempers an elegiac book.
James Kimbrell is the author of The Gatehouse Heaven and My Psychic, and the co-translator of Three Poets of Modern Korea. He has been the recipient of the Discovery / The Nation Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.