MTSU's Gaylord Brewer may be America's least cynical nihilistic poet. A good chunk of his work features a keen awareness of what's coming--it's not good--while reveling in the knowledge that what's coming isn't yet here. In The Martini Diet, his latest collection, Brewer writes, "But theyve not arrived yet, / the monsters of our reckoning, / and my boys and I still live the brilliant / moments we were born to." Vandy's Kate Daniels, who knew (correctly) from the moment she turned five that she was born to write, shares a similar sentiment in her poem "Crowns," which she dedicated to the almost-nihilist Philip Levine: "[A]nd your mind opening up like the pine forest swishing fragrantly overhead / way up in the dark that is coming, but remains, for the moment, blissfully at bay."
Wed., Oct. 22, 4 p.m., 2008