Book Club

Bright Leaf Book Club is a chance to meet like-minded readers and critically analyze and discuss a text. We select texts democratically, and read novels, short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We meet monthly. Pizza is provided. Join us!

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Thursday, December 14 - 7:00 PM

Children with Enemies by Stuart Dischell

Harmless Poem

Forgive the web without its spider,

The houseplant with few or many flowers,

And the stars for hiding in the daytime, 

Forgive astronauts for distance

And surgeons for proximity,

Forgive the heart for the way it looks

Like something a dog eats from a pan,

Forgive the heart for the way it looks

Like something a dog eats from a pan,

Forgive goat-gods and wine-gods

And the goddess bathing in her pond,

Forgive the sea for being moody,

The air for its turbulence, the stomach

For its vomit, forgive the insistence

Of sperm, the greeting of the ovum,

Forgive orgasms for their intensity

And the faces they make in people's faces,

Forgive the music of liars, forgive autumn

And winter and the departure of lovers.

And the young beautiful dead and the persistence

Of the old, forgive the last tooth and hair.


Thursday, January 18 - 7:00 PM

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

"'Suttree' is a book with rude, startling power and a flood of talk. Much of it takes place on the Tennessee River, and Cormac McCarthy, who has written 'The Orchard Keeper' and other novels, gives us a sense of river life that reads like a doomed 'Huckleberry Finn.' The river has lost its kind edge. It's now 'The slow voice of ruin.' The sun beating down on it is 'like a bunghole to a greater hell beyond.' As the river begins to swell and roll down from 'the gutted upcountry,' it maims and kills. 'The fish. . .themselves looked stunned.'

"The book comes at us like a horrifying flood. The language licks, batters, wounds--a poetic, troubled rush of debris. It is personal and tough, without that boring neatness and desire for resolution that you can get in any well-made novel. Cormac McCarthy has little mercy to spare, for his characters or himself. His text is broken, beautiful and ugly in spots. Mr. McCarthy won't soothe us with a quiet song. 'Suttree' is like a good, long scream in the ear."

-Jerome Charyn, The New York Times Book Review