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Max Sutton Reading

  • Nightbird Books 205 West Dickson Street Fayetteville, AR, 72701 United States (map)

Join us on Friday November 13 to hear Max Sutton read from his new collection of poetry, Taking Was All I Had to Give: Poems and Interludes.

"Every line of a Max Sutton poem makes you eager to read the next line. Every sentence makes you want to know what happens next. After the last poems, when the messenger has compelled you to smile back at him at the post office, the chauffeur has recircled the mansion in his ghost sedan, and you have offered “Fresh grass to the horses,” realizing that “taking was all you had to give,” you hurry back to the first poems again and there is Dad behind his mule plow while the crazy bird “flitted and flashed and jerked in mid-air /
flaunting his ecstasy / against Dad’s harnessed trudge.” Here is God’s plenty:
vignettes, character sketches, meditations, love poems—well, the book is all love for the fleeting details of this world, and the speaker never ceases to rejoice in a lifetime of married love. This superb collection engages the mind and eye, the ear and the heart."

~ John DuVal, winner of two Academy of American Poets awards and PEN USA Award in Translation Finalist

Max Keith Sutton was born in 1937 and raised in Madison County, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and received his Ph. D. in English from Duke University. From 1964 to 2003 he taught English at the University of Kansas, specializing in Victorian literature with books on W. S. Gilbert, R. D. Blackmore, and T. E. Brown. With his wife Claire he returned to his home state in 2007 to live in Fayetteville.