When daily life gets too prosaic, sometimes all you need is a little poetry. Fortunately, Hyde Park Books is a hotbed of local literary talent, hosting both the Mouth and Thistle Reading Series and the Ghosts and Projectors Reading Series. In the latter, an eclectic mix of poets share the spotlight and their writing. The series blends every kind of poetry, from experimental and slam to more lyrical or traditional.
Ghosts and Projectors is curated by Boise poet Megan Williams. The latest event in the series features original poetry by local writers Zach Vesper and Ken Rodgers.
Vesper is originally from Omaha, Neb., and is the editor of Strange Machine Books, a Nebraska-based online poetry journal. He is also an MFA candidate at Boise State. Vesper's appearance at Ghosts and Projectors will also mark a celebration of the release of his new chapbook titled Only One Beast. Rodgers is also a man of many talents: He teaches creative writing classes online and is producing a documentary film about the Siege of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War. Rodgers has published in Idaho Arts Quarterly and he released a collection of poems, Passenger Pigeons, in 2009. He is also a founding member of the Idaho Writers Guild.
The reading is free and refreshments will be available for a $3 donation.