Susan Thomas


April 17, 2012 -- Reading, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT, from The Empty Notebook Interrogates Itself (Fomite Press, 2012). 7:00 p.m.

April 3, 2012 -- Reading, Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, CA, from Last Voyage, the selected poems of Giovanni Pascoli (Red Hen Press, Spring, 2010), co-translated by Susan, Richard Jackson and Deborah Brown. 7:00 p.m.

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"Quick, open these pages and meet The Empty Notebook-the enduring nothingness out of which all is generated, the negative capability on which artists thrive, ecstatic world-wanderer, canny literary imitator, driven self-obsessive-as vivaciously, and audaciously, imagined by Susan Thomas. Pleasures await." .
-Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Incredibly original... by turns ironic, tragic, comic... paradoxical gusto of pathos
-Richard Jackson
Full of meaty poems and wry surprises... Thomas’ reach is broad and daring.
-Maxine Kumin
This delightful—and long overdue—collection shows Susan Thomas at her delicious best.
-Jane Shore
Poems in translation
“The major portion of this ambitious translation is devoted to Pascoli’s revisionist version of Homer’s epic; in it Odysseus does not return home, slay the suitors and embrace his wife. Instead, he falls into a deep sleep, sails past Ithaka and is forced to revisit his former route, complete with heart-stopping adventures and profound grief. The narration is deft, elegiac, and intensely lyrical, making this book a pleasure to read.” .
-Maxine Kumin