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  • The Home of Barbara Gill and Brian Drolet 156 East 79th Street Apt. 2C New York, NY 10075 (map)

Please join us on Thursday, March 24th 2016 for an evening of poetry with Connie Roberts & Rafiq Kathwari

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Wine & Cheese 6PM - 7PM
Program & Discussion 7PM - 9PM

$35.00 per person per evening
Your donation is tax-deductible
The evening is a benefit for Deep Dish TV

Our March Salon marks the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter Rising. It brings together two poets from troubled lands - Ireland and Kashmir. Not an odd pairing. Both lands are tied to British colonial history. Both have displaced storytellers across oceans to other countries.  Connie Roberts and Rafiq Kathwari are both recipients of Ireland's prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Award. Rafiq is the first non-Irish recipient in the award's 44 year history.  In Little Witness, as author Dan Barry testifies,  Connie Roberts' "vivid recounting of a childhood spent in one of Ireland’s notorious industrial schools truth hides behind no masquerade of metaphors. This is the poetry of rock-hard experience. It will skin your soul."  Poetry and history meet in her work in a powerful confluence of energies. Her poems provide a lens through which we are gifted a clear-eyed vision of the young Irish state.  Rafiq Kathwari  has lived most of his adult life in New York, but was born, as he puts it, “a Scorpio at midnight” in the disputed Kashmir Valley. In Another Country, his recent book, he joins sometimes jolting humor with vivid  observations of a displaced global citizen. The intensity of his poetic reflections on the "great subjects" of family, war, history and love harken back to the "speak memory" of his Kashmiri childhood, split between Pakistan and India by the Partition of 1947. The great rivers that water over 1 billion people in South Asia flow down the Himalayan mountains through Kashmir. "In his poem Geography, Rafiq writes,  "In the Himalayas, my roads diverged...Not, where are you from, but where are we  going...together."