Hjortsberg will read from his newly released Bonnie and Clyde: An American Daydream, a collection of poems that re-imagines the lives of the famous outlaw couple being forced to live in that gray area between being loved and feared, between adulation and isolation, between celebrity and invisibility, and lastly between life and death.
“These poems won’t take the reader anywhere near what is known of Bonnie and Clyde,” says Hjortsberg, “but rather into the areas of their history that exist between lines, in the quiet moments.” Poet Michael Earl Craig calls the collection “both sharp and dreamlike,” and poet, musician and novelist Greg Keeler describes the book as “elegant moments of hesitation in two lives that American myth has commonly portrayed as pure action … as vivid and delicate as the myth is bloody.”
Hjortsberg poems have been published in The Big Sky Journal and The Livingston Current. More of his work can be found at errantpoet.com.
Refreshments will be served and a book signing will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Elk River Books at (406) 224-5802.