Hey poetry fans, it’s a twi-night doubleheader! Just before tonight’s Tennessee-centric edition of Poetry Sucks! starts on the East Side (see pick here
), the Scarritt-Bennett Center plays host to a reading and conversation with poet Jeff Hardin. His poem “Lightweights” is a good example of his amiable mien: “Even in these hostile times, / I sort of prefer those people / others consider / lightweights.” You know, he continues, the kind of people who doodle in the margins during meetings, “inking out / long-stemmed daisies / with words rising up / out of the stamens.” You can imagine that Hardin, a professor at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tenn., is a bit of a doodler himself, though he’s able to refine his observations, however sketchy they may start, into tidy, mannered poems. As a result, he’s had poems in The Southern Review
, among many others, and his conversational style should be a perfect fit for the Poet’s Corner series.