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Marc Beaudin book launch party with guest Henrietta Goodman

Celebrate the launch of Marc Beaudin's new collection of poetry, These Creatures of a Day with a reading and party.

Book cover for These Creatures of a Day by Marc BeaudinElk River Books will host the launch of co-owner Marc Beaudin’s new collection of poetry from Foothills Publishing, These Creatures of a Day, on Thursday, April 25. Missoula poet Henrietta Goodman will open the event with a reading from her new book, Antillia.

These Creatures of a Day brings together 56 new poems, with pieces careening from heartbreak to humor, from dive bars to divine wildness, that in the words of Allen Morris Jones, author of Mumblecusser, is “proof of a hard-won exploration, the footprints of a guy who’s been to the edge and made it back more or less in one piece.”

In addition to These Creatures of a Day, Beaudin is the author of Life List: Poems, Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, and the spoken word album From Coltrane to Coal Train: An Eco-Jazz Suite featuring music by former members of the bands Morphine and Twinemen. His work has appeared in Orion, Cutthroat, and Whitefish Review and has been widely anthologized in publications dedicated to environmental and social justice.

“Beaudin is the rare poet, a peculiar visionary, who can extract both humility and hilarity from the everyday,” writes Debra Magpie Earling, author of The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. “In this wonder collection, he casts out a lifeline to the world.”

Henrietta GoodmanGoodman is an assistant professor of English at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Her past collections include All That Held Us, Hungry Moon, and Take What You Want, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award.

Antillia is a collection of searching lyric poems that remember, joke, free associate, interrogate, worry, and examine the roots of words in pursuit of sense or solace,” notes Christopher Brean Murray, author of Black Observatory: Poems. “These aesthetically impressive poems stun with their vigor, candor, and wit.”

Elk River Books is located at 122 S. 2nd St. in downtown Livingston. The free event begins at 7 p.m., and a book signing and reception will follow.

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