May 21, 2020
Trio House Press Reading, May 17
Trio House Press, based in Florida, has published over 20 volumes of poetry since its founding in 2011. This reading, held on Zoom, was by 3 poets whose work Trio House has published, Bradford Tice (What the Night Remembered), Artess Bethany White (My Afmerica), & Michele Battiste (Waiting for the Wreck to Burn). The reading MC was Tamara Madison, another Trio House poet (Threed, This Road Not Damascus), who introduced Tayve Neese, the Co-founder & Co-executive Editor.
The poems of Artess Bethany White dealt with history & race, such as her first poem, “A Meditation on the Toppling of the Confederate Silent Sam Statue.” Her reading included poems from My Afmerica, such as “Plantation Wedding,” “An American War in Spain,” & “Mississippi June.” Whereas Tice’s poems were exlusively discursive, White’s were more rhythmic, using slant rhymes, & the musical play of words. She ended with a “new/new” poem which she said she was editing before this reading, a ghazal dedicated to the recently murdered Ahmaud Arbery.
This reading is part of an online series by Trio House Press to spotlight some of their authors, check their Facebook page for the next events.