Poetry Reading: John Hennessy
Major Jackson writes, "In his new collection, 'Coney Island Pilgrims,' John Hennessy does more than catalogue the things of this world; he sanctifies them: bruised strawberries, Kangols, an unleashed pit bull... These poems are the gateway to a kingdom of rhythmic feeling, linguistic order, and imaginative explorations." Hennessy is the author of a previous collection, "Bridge and Tunnel," and his poems have appeared numerous publications. A former Amy Clampitt Fellow, he teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves as poetry editor for "The Common."