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Sadie Dupuis

  • Riffraff bookstore and bar 60 Valley Street Unit 107A Providence, RI 02909 USA (map)

Join us as we welcome Sadie Dupuis who will be reading from her new book Mouthguard alongside local poets Kate Colby and Sara Wintz.

The poems in Sadie Dupuis' "Mouthguard" are a means of developing a deep personal mythology; to read them is to feel what self-discovery is, and then recognize it in the rearview mirror, disappearing over the broken American horizon. They emerge from the place where known experience and the unknown collide; a borderline we all cross on the way to becoming ourselves.

The poems in "Mouthguard" are magical escapism; devotional affirmations of manic love, or incantations about illness and loss and the strangeness of bodies. Sometimes they're creepy, sometimes droll, very often woe-is-me narcissistic.

Like crying alone in a movie theater, "Mouthguard" is tender, self-deprecating, nostalgic, and unavoidably romantic. In the end, we're all simultaneously comforted and freaked out by the idea that there is something bigger and deeper in the quiet spaces that operate within us, something just out of reach. This book gives us the language to describe this, a solid place we can remember together.

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Sadie Dupuis is a poet and a multi-instrumentalist. She is the guitarist, lead vocalist, and lyricist for the band Speedy Ortiz. In November 2016 she released a solo album, "*Slugger," under the name Sad13.

Kate Colby is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently The Arrangements (Four Way Books, 2018). 

Sara Wintz is the author of Walking Across a Field We are Focused on at This Time Now (Ugly Duckling Press, 2012) and The Lauras (sus press, 2014).

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