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Hugh Martin & Kathleen Winter 

When: Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Price: free
Iraq war veteran Hugh Martin brings his experience in the armed forces to his first poetry book, The Stick Soldiers. His poems incorporate his withdrawal from school, his basic training, his foot patrols in Iraq, his participation in raids, his disposal of IEDs, and his return home. They bear witness to his experience, as well as provide some poetic solace. Meanwhile, Kathleen Winter’s first book of poetry, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, juxtaposes the experience of women and men, animals and humans, and childhood innocence and adult understanding. A graduate of UC Davis School of Law and now a writing teacher at San Francisco State University, Winter explores the idea of the collective human memory alongside the individual, refusing to allow that humans are elevated above the “beasts” populating the earth. Weaving together interesting images with her law-school vocabulary, Winter provides a thought-provoking read, which won the Antivenom Poetry Prize. On Thursday, Nov. 29, at Moe’s Books (2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley). 7:30 p.m., free. 510-849-2087 or
— Alison Peters


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