Jules Poetry Playhouse and Teatro Paraguas presents
A book launch and poetry reading with Rich Boucher
Jules Poetry Playhouse and Teatro Paraguas are pleased to present Albuquerque poet, Rich Boucher, reading from his new book, All of This Candy Belongs to Me, published by Jules Poetry Playhouse Publications this year.
Rich Boucher resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has published four chapbooks of poetry and once hosted a poetry slam series in Newark, Delaware. Since moving to Albuquerque in 2008, Rich has performed all over the Duke City, served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee, and was a member of the 2014 Albuquerque City Slam Team. His poems have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Apeiron Review, The Broadkill Review, Menacing Hedge, UFO Gigolo, and The Legendary, among many others.
What others are saying about..... All of This Candy Belongs to Me:
“I’ve paid attention to Rich Boucher’s smart, plucky poems for a long time now. He’ll gladly cop to any need, bust open the edges until ‘all the clocks stop what they are doing, in shock...’ You think you know where a poem will go; you think it’s silly or wild, but then, somewhere in the path of stacked words, it loops into the philosophical. He’s not at all afraid to house the monsters of his mind—regret, loss, fear and pleasure. From desperation to joy, these poems radiate. Boucher will pull at every particle of your mind while he inches closer. Wherever he wants to go, he wants you with him: ‘Please come back / so we can fight again...’”
-Lauren Camp, author of Turquoise Door, the Dorset Prize- winning One Hundred Hungers, and two earlier collections. She mentors writers of all ages and levels, and lives in New Mexico.
“Rich Boucher’s poetry is so startlingly original it makes the work of most of his contemporaries seem flabby and complacent in comparison. Their language gloriously precise, his poems offer a skewed take on reality which to me seem more like the truth than anything you’re likely to read in illumination of a path that leads us to examine the strange, ugly beauty of our world, AOTCBTM is a map of moments that (no matter how strange they may seem at first) are always leading us home. What if James Thurber, Rod Serling, Ornette Coleman, Meredith Monk, Mark Twain, and Salvador Dali had an orgy? The resulting love child would be All Of This Candy Belongs To Me.”
-Danny Solis, poet, educator, and Slam Champ who has toured the world performing and teaching. He is currently the Director of the Rochester Art Ensemble, a multi-disciplinary artists collective that seeks to erase the boundaries between art forms.
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