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Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last

Words With Meaning

Have you ever read a pice of writing that left you speechless, awestruck and inspired? Be prepared to experience this and more starting at 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 13, when the powerful poet Justin Boening reads from his newest compilied works Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last at Bookworks. Boening is joined by local award-winning poet Erin Adair-Hodges who will also read some of her incredible work. (Nina Ferrell)

Sunday Nov 13, 2016

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107-3157

Phone: 344-8139
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Touring author Justin Boening reads with Albuquerque poet Erin Adair Hodges.

Justin Boening, Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last & Erin Adair Hodges


Justin Boening, author of Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last, reads with Albuquerque poet Erin Adair Hodges.

About Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last:

Winner of the National Poetry Series

Mothers masquerading as witches and sepulchral bellhops who reveal themselves to be fathers: in Justin Boening's debut collection of poems, selected for the National Poetry Series by Wayne Miller, nothing is as it seems.

Peopled by figures both uncanny and tragiclionesses who dance and cry, surgeons who carry with them the trauma of past lives, an opera singer whose notes go awry Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last uses the language of dreams and of fairy tales to deliver a keenly felt exploration of family, grief, regret, and belonging. Here everything stands for something else. But though the Freudian mother and father lurk behind every sequined costume, continue to strip away the masks, Boening suggests, and you'll find an even more primal absence at the center. Nobody, No One, mortality, death. Beyond that, we find, lies only the truth of our relationships with each other.

Shot through with mournfulness, gorgeously spangled in its language a squall of chrysanthemums and the weird Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last is an unforgettable collection about our human failings and the grace we each seek.

Justin Boening is the winner of the National Poetry Series for his debut collection, Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last. He is a recipient of a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Bucknell University Stadler Fellowship, and a Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship for his chapbook, Self-Portrait as Missing Person. Boening’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Copper Nickel, Kenyon Review Online, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He’s a co-founding editor of Horsethief Books.

Erin Adair-Hodges is the 2016 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in Poetry and winner of the 2014 Loraine Williams Prize from The Georgia Review. Her work can be seen in journals such Boulevard, The Georgia Review, Green Mountains Review, Kenyon Review, The Pinch, and more. She teaches writing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she co-curates the Bad Mouth Reading Series.