Austinite Kirk Wilson’s poetry collection Songbox, winner of the 2020 Trio Award, captures with such skill and precision a sensation or impression hard to describe yet immediately felt, a feeling that surely has a perfect term in a language other than English. It’s a feeling of reckoning, of loss, of a past gone by, and of long-held assumptions obliterated. But it is not mere nostalgia or sentimentality—rather it is more current, more immediate, centered to some degree on the pandemic, climate crisis, and social injustice. And in any case, all of it is tempered with a sense of love, community, and shared understanding. Tune in as Wilson paints in readings and commentary the feeling we struggle to sketch here.
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Kirk Wilson, Songbox