Poet Amy Glynn will sign and read from her new book, “A Modern Herbal”.

But this is not an ordinary (whatever that is) poetry reading. There is something about the way this woman reads her work and shares her fascination with flora that engages and even seduces the listener into wanting more. Her poetry is evocative and inspirational.

jfportrait2smallAmy Glynn, in her debut collection A Modern Herbal, meditates on a menagerie of flora – the mythical, the medicinal, and the mundane – and fashions a lyric collection that resonates with incantatory power. The poems proliferate into a rich landscape of correspondences and metaphorical discovery: “You could see / whole worlds in nutshells,” she writes, and Glynn weaves in and out of an intense focus on the herbarium itself and the connections with everyday contemporary life she finds there. Whether it is in a poem about the olive or the nettle, the narcissus or the milkweed, Glynn’s vision of her subjects, and her voice, are both ancient and contemporary, combining a lush lyricism with modern rhythms of speech. In her hands, these specimens manifest our most human emotions as she conjures a world of perception from each. These are quick, wise poems that show us nature is no less beguiling than the heart.  – Robert Griffith

And introducing the fine art photography of Shelly Hamalian 

Shelly_headshotWe  know she is gifted in the realm of family and event photography. If you have not seen her perspective on the landscape you are truly missing an experience to connect with a depth of beauty that will move you beyond words. The photos are riveting and it is exciting to share them here for the first time. Many of the subjects in A Modern Herbal have been photographed by Shelly. These two artists, fascinated by the same flora, will share their visual and literary interpretation.

When: April 19, 6pm-9pm.
Where: Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549 (see map)
Street parking (no meters after 6pm) or in adjacent lots.
Price: Free

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