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On Monday, November 21st at 6pm the Poetry Book Club will be discussing The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On, by Franny Choi.
We will be meeting inside the bookstore on the College St. level (upstairs). Part of the meeting will be devoted to reading selected poems that we find meaningful from the text along with a dialogue around those and other themes that flow through the book. We will have signed copies of The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On, as Franny Choi will be reading at the Odyssey on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm. If you would like to register for that event, you can do so here. The book is available now to pre-purchase online with a special 20% discount for Book Club members using the coupon: BOOKCLUB at checkout for your discount. It is also available for purchase in-person beginning November 1st, also with a 20% discount if you mention that you are a member of the book club.
If you would like to sign-up for the Poetry Book Club, please email Robin Glossner at firstname.lastname@example.org and join us at the next meeting!
From acclaimed and beloved poet Franny Choi comes a poetry collection for the ends of worlds—past, present, and future. Choi’s third book features poems about historical and impending apocalypses, alongside musings on our responsibilities to each other and visions for our collective survival.
Many have called the last years dystopic. But The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On reminds us that apocalypse has already come in myriad ways for marginalized peoples, and calls forth the importance of imagining what will persist in the aftermaths.
With lyric and tonal dexterity, these poems spin backwards and forwards in time. They look into the collective psyche of our years in the pandemic and in the throes of anti-racist uprisings, while imagining other vectors, directions, and futures. Stories of survival collide across space and time—from comfort women during the Korean War to children wandering a museum in the future. These poems explore narrative distances and queer linearity, investigating on microscopic scales before soaring towards the universal. Throughout, Choi grapples with where the individual can fit within the strange landscapes of this apocalyptic world, with its violent and many-layered histories. In the process, she imagines what togetherness—between Black and Asian and other marginalized communities, between living organisms, between children of calamity and conquest—could look like.
In The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On, old and new stories are put through a collider; what emerges is pure sonic energy, grounded by the complex entanglements that connect us all. The combination of the speculative imagination, playfulness, and wisdom in these poems ultimately chart new paths toward hope.
Franny Choi is the author of two previous poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as one chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is a Kundiman Fellow, a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a recipient of Princeton University’s Holmes National Poetry Prize, and a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers Program. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Paris Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her partner and their cat.
The Poetry Book Club meets once-a-month on the third Monday of the month at 6pm at The Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA