January 26, 2007 Love Poems To Be Read, Feb. 8

Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day with a reading of love poems at the Library of Congress

Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Patricia Gray (202) 707-1308

Mary Ann Larkin and Patric Pepper, a Washington D.C. poet-couple, and Maryland poet Greg McBride will read poems about love at noon on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The reading is part of the Poetry at Noon series, sponsored by the Library’s Office of Scholarly Programs. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Larkin and Pepper will choose love poems from famous poet-couples, including Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, Jane Kenyon and U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall, Tess Gallagher and Raymond Carver, and Linda Gregg and Jack Gilbert, as well as from their own poems.

McBride, editor of the Innisfree Poetry Journal, will read his love poems and those by other poets. A 2005 Pushcart Prize nominee, McBride’s poems, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and reviews. He served as deputy chief counsel at the Federal Transit Administration for 12 years and now consults on transportation issues and works as a freelance editor; he lives in Silver Spring.

Larkin’s “A Shimmering That Goes with Us” was published in 2005. She is also author of “White Clapboard,” “The DNA of the Heart” (with Patric Pepper) and “The Coil of the Skin.” Her involvement with poetry includes co-founding the Big Mama Poetry Troupe, a group of women poets who gave more than 80 performances from New York to Chicago in the 1970s.

Pepper was born in Washington, D.C. His book, “Temporary Attractions,” was published recently by Washington Writers’ Publishing House. His chapbook, “Zoned Industrial,” was published in 2000, and his poems also appear in the anthology “The Other Side of the Hill, 1975-1995.”


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