SUNDANCE BOOKS NEWS RELEASE
What: Steven Nightingale will read from his new collection of sonnets The Wings of What You Say (Black Rock Press, 2013).
When/Where: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave.
Editorial Reviews: “There is a natural ecstatic in Steven Nightingale, whom one might situate on a scale somewhere between Emerson and Rumi. And there is also a craftsman with a jeweler’s or watchmaker’s meticulousness who wants to make the sonnet mimic his wonder at the architecture of things. They are both very present in these sonnets, and they make a labor out of praise and a praise out of labor.”
–Robert Hass, Former U.S. Poet Laureate
“We soar. We descend-we unravel the climate of the heart and the sensual voltage of soul. We go past history because these ninety-nine songs want us, in this life, within all life. The range is expansive, Petrarch’s meter precise, the voice, familiar and public, almost as if we do have wings, angelic, earth-hued, radiant. Here we find our call, our meaning and dreaming. A 21st century Neruda, a poet s and people s masterpiece.”
–Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of California
“Steven Nightingale’s love for the sonnet has turned it molten, supple, fashioned it newly for new purposes. The sonnets in The Wings of What You Say move couplet, triplet, quatrain, triplet, couplet, symmetrically adding to fourteen. He opens a peacock’s tail of nature and human nature in the strange initiatives of these marvelous poems, makes them into Bhakti sonnets, truly devotional literature.”
About the Author: Steven Nightingale is the author of two novels, The Lost Coast and The Thirteenth Daughter of the Moon; Cartwheels, a limited edition book of sonnets; and four collections of sonnets published by the Black Rock Press. A native Nevadan, he received a B.A. at Stanford University where he studied computer science and literature. He lives in the Santa Cruz mountains near Woodside, Calif., with his wife Lucy and daughter Gabriella.
More Information: www.sundancebookstore.com