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Poetry Book Club - October

On Monday, October 17th at 6pm the Poetry Book Club will be discussing The Study of Human Life, by Joshua Bennett.

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 Study of Human Life, as Joshua Bennett will be reading at the Odyssey on Tuesday, October 4th 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 October 4th, 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 and join us at the next meeting!

About the Book

A third collection that reveals an acclaimed poet further extending his range into the realm of speculative fiction, while addressing issues as varied as abolition, Black ecological consciousness, and the boundless promise of parenthood

Across three sequences, Joshua Bennett’s new book recalls and reimagines social worlds almost but not entirely lost, all while gesturing toward the ones we are building even now, in the midst of a state of emergency, together. Bennett opens with a set of autobiographical poems that deal with themes of family, life, death, vulnerability, and the joys and dreams of youth. The central section, “The Book of Mycah,” features an alternate history where Malcolm X is resurrected from the dead, as is a young black man shot by the police some fifty years later in Brooklyn. The final section of The Study of Human Life are poems that Bennett has written about fatherhood, on the heels of his own first child being born last fall.

About the Author

Poet, performer, and scholar Joshua Bennett is the author of two collections of poetry, Owed and The Sobbing School, as well as a book of criticism, Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man. His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf. He received his PhD in English from Princeton University, and is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. His writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. In 2021, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Award in Poetry and Nonfiction. He lives in Boston.

About the Poetry Book Club

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

Event date: 
Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:00pm
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9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
The Study of Human Life (Penguin Poets) By Joshua Bennett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136828
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 20th, 2022

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