Date(s) - 03/26/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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In the World Enormous is a collection of poems engaged in transition, conversation and what transforms. Focused on a time that beginning shortly before the death of Tomer Inbar’s mother and ending after the birth of his twin daughters, these poems constitute a thinking out of and about passing and starting, in plangent energy and restless balances finding words simultaneous to a human intimacy and intensity. In part informed by his study of early Japanese literature, Inbar is open to these poems being objectively read from bottom up or top down, moving this way or that, forward and back—though in one totality presence inscribes and finds you. Inbar writes, “I find comfort in being present as things move. With sibilance. On their own volition. Taking the qualities of their construction along.” These poems moreover seem to compel us to think an impossible thought.
Born in Jerusalem and raised in Brooklyn, Tomer Inbar studied writing at Binghamton University and has an MA in Classical Japanese Literature from Cornell University and law degrees from New York University. He founded and edited Camellia, an experimental literary journal (1989- 97), and has published translations of Saibara, a genre of Japanese folk song formalized in the Heian period. Inbar currently is an attorney at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, representing charities and other nonprofit organizations, and lives in Park Slope.