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Reaper: Poems on Technology and Humanity

February 7, 2018 @
7:00 p.m.
Eastern Time
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How do we seek to connect with one another in a time of distant drone warfare and overwhelming incarceration rates? In this reading of her most recent collection of poems, Reaper, writer Jill McDonough will engage with the digital and the analog, in a world where “NPR has a story about robots asking please/don’t pull that plug. People pull the plug but first/they cry.” Her work captures people trying to do the right thing at the wrong time, in conversations following car accidents on Boston streets or between drone operators after they see “a small human body” suddenly appear on their screens. Whether communicating with trolls on Facebook or the young students she tutors in what she calls “kidjail,” McDonough approaches the problems and potential of technology with humanity and humor, possibility and grace.

A book signing will follow immediately after the reading. Copies of Reaper will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is part of the Modern Poetry Series and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the Department of English at Clark University.


February 7, 2018
7:00 p.m.