Jeffrey Franklin Poetry Reading: Where We Lay Down

Jeffrey Franklin grew up in Chattanooga, TN, but for over twenty years has called Denver home. His poetry collections are Where We Lay Down and For the Lost Boys. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Hudson Review, Measure, New England Review, Rattle, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, among other places. He is a recipient of the Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and his poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry. He works as a professor at CU Denver. If you’d like to know more about what Jeff Franklin has been up to, please visit his website: https://www.jeffreyfranklin.com/.

Where We Lay Down is a multifarious and expansive collection, inclusive of a wide range of voices, places, and experiences, far from a single-themed book. It swings from bathing a baby in the kitchen sink to emptying a grandfather’s closet, from sailing off of Australia to politics in a hardware store in Fairplay, CO, from being awakened in the woods by a porcupine to swimming with manatees in Belize, and from the death of a teenage sister to one’s own aging and mortality. Many of the poems tell a story. Some are dramatic monologues, such as a woman photographer in Nigeria or Huck Finn in middle age. Many weave in the humor of life and elicit smiles to guffaws.  There are six themed sections: 1) Fathers and Sons; 2) Making Love; 3) Making War (historically, politically); 4) Homing (seeking home in multiple places); 5) Totem Animals (mostly rodents and marsupials); and, 6) Full Emptiness (the illusion of an essential identity). Where We Lay Down is available from Kelsay Books, through BookBar, as well as on Amazon.

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