Author Reading: Daniel Lockhart and Benjamin Goluboff

Join us for a reading with Daniel Lockhart, author of This City at the Crossroads, and Benjamin Goluboff, author of Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse and Other Poems, at City Lit Books on Friday, September, 28th 2018 at 6:30 pm

This is the promised land in all its grit and its nostalgic glory, from the shores of the White River to the constellations of an Indianapolis skyline. The Hoosier answer to Carl Sandburg’s cornerstone poem Chicago. This City at the Crossroads is part love song, part meditation on the things we have to leave behind. Through the emergence of mythic men like Lightning Hopkins, T.C. Steele, and Freddie Hubbard from the physical landscape the promise of place that many see as a crossroads rather than a home becomes the motherland we all wish that we had. The sophomore poetry collection by D.A. Lockhart explores his time at the crossroads and the manner that those around us, from the infamous to the everyman, find their roots in a land that is all too often overlooked in a mad race to be some place or something other than where they should be or what they truly are.

Almost fifty years after his death, Ho Chi Minh remains a deeply divisive figure -- heroic revolutionary, or brutal dictator, depending on your perspective on the Vietnam wars. Not overtly political, the poems in this collection interrogate Ho's life and wars with a lyricism that is both dark and inventive. Many versions of the man inhabit these poems: Ho as trickster and tyrant, lover and ghost. Benjamin Goluboff's imagination travels from fact to fancy with disarming grace. Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse and Other Poems, the debut collection also includes a suite of poems about photographs of and by Allen Ginsberg, and another group whose subjects range from classic photographs to Chicago graffiti and the battle of Fredericksburg. Entertaining and deftly voiced, these are poems that will stay with you.

Daniel Lockhart is a Canadian first-nations poet with a distinguished international publication record. His third book, The Gravel Lot That Was Montana, a meditation on migration and place from the point of view of a contemporary Lenape speaker, appears soon from Mansfield Press. Lockhart, who holds the MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, has received Canada Council for the Arts grants for Aboriginal People and Ontario Arts Council grants for his writing. Daniel is editor-in-chief of Urban Farmhouse Press of Windsor, Ontario, which offers a list of intersectional and international writers. He blogs at https://pastoralsatori.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @WRiverLockhart. He is a pukuwankoamimens of the Lenape nation, and a member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, Turtle Clan.

Benjamin Goluboff teaches at Lake Forest College. He has written on a variety of topics in American literature including the literature of the Vietnam war, and placed imaginative writing – poetry, fiction, and essays – in many small-press journals. Goluboff is the author of Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017). Some of his work can be read at https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/goluboff/

Event date: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647