March 20, 2017 03:37 PM

Lafayette poet Clare L. Martin’s stunning, stark and often confessional new collection, Seek the Holy Dark, has been released by Yellow Flag Press.

Former Louisiana poet laureate Darrell Bourque wrote of the new collection: “Any new book of poems worth its salt must reinvent the intelligences of poetry: trope, word, image, argument, sentence, strophe, music. The poems in Clare Martin’s Seek the Holy Dark will keep. They are salt.”

Seek the Holy Dark follows Martin’s well-received 2012 collection Eating the Heart First (Press 53) and comprises one third of The Louisiana Series of Cajun and Creole Poetry along with new works by Bourque and fellow Louisiana poet Jack B. Bedell.

Martin will read selections from Seek the Holy Dark at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 as part of Black Cafe’s Lyrically Inclined series. The cafe is located at 518 S. Pierce St. in Lafayette.

Martin will also conduct “Your Life, Your Stories” life-writing workshops at The Alleyway House in Breaux Bridge from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 25 and again on April 22 (same time).

Martin will join Bourque and Bedell in a reading from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette.

And she will participate in an ArtWalk reading with Jane V. Blunschi in the James Devin Moncus Theater at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6-8 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Copies of Seek the Holy Dark will be available. Readers can also visit Yellow Flag Press to obtain a copy.


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