Reading Matters

Jonathan Rice making most of National Poetry Month

It’s National Poetry Month, and poet, artist and editor Jonathan Rice is making the most of it.

He’ll be giving two public readings this month, and you’re invited to hear the author of the recent collection, “Killing Time,” perform.

Former N.C. poet laureate Cathy Smith Bower says Rice in this latest work gives us “a new way of thinking of pennies in a urinal, the rattle of filament in a burnt-out light bulb, the grace of thirty-dollar co-pays.”

Says Joseph Bathanti, another former N.C. poet laureate: “Rice’s poems... almost imperceptibly, compile a litany of the world, in all its incarnations, coming to life before our very eyes.”

And according to Charlotte poet Rebecca McClanahan: “ will be taken into a world of seemingly ordinary objects, events, and people rendered extraordinary through the poet’s sharp, unstinting vision.”

Rice will read Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Road.

He will also read at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at City Lights Book Store in the Coffee with the Poet series at 5 E. Jackson St., Sylva. For more information about Coffee with the Poet or to reserve copies of “Killing Time,” call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.