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Dion O'Reilly and Danusha Laméris, Ghost Dogs and Bonfire Opera - Poetry!

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Wed, 04/21/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Join us on Zoom as we continue to celebrate Poetry Month with two fantastic poets!


On Ghost Dogs: A coastal California ranch, a house full of mastiffs, a white hawk, a young woman running naked through the neighborhood at night. These poems dole out humor, surprise, and pathos in equal measure. O'Reilly's Ghost Dogs takes us to Alaska, the burn ward, the not-so-distant past.

“The poems [in Ghost Dogs] touch every sense, her metaphors are strikingly original. Ghost Dogs gives a summation of a life, with the poet finding wells of emotion in the most unlikely places.There is such a fierce appetite in this book, a hunger for the depths and heights of human experience, described with abandon mixed with great refinement.” - Zach Rogow

Dion O’Reilly’s prize-winning book, Ghost Dogs, was published in February 2020 by Terrapin Books. Her poems appear in Cincinnati Review, Poetry Daily, Narrative, New Ohio Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Journal of American Poetry, Rattle, The Sun, and other literary journals and anthologies. She is a member of The Hive Poetry Collective, which produces podcasts and radio shows, and she facilitates online workshops with poets from all over the United States and Canada. (

On Bonfire Opera: Sometimes the most compelling landscapes are the ones where worlds collide: where a desert meets the sea, a civilization, no-man’s land. Here in Bonfire Opera, grief and Eros grapple in the same domain. A bullet-hole through the heart, a house full of ripe persimmons, a ghost in a garden. Coyotes cry out on the hill, and lovers find themselves kissing, “bee-stung, drunk” in the middle of the road. Here, the dust is holy, as is the dark, unknown. These are poems that praise the impossible, wild world, finding beauty in its wake.

"Bonfire Opera, Danusha Lameris’ ravishing second collection of poems, lives up to its title and then some. In melodic and sumptuous lines, she considers desire, sorrow, beauty and death. This is a collection you will want to keep close, ‘a reminder to begin, again, by listening carefully with the body’s rapt attention."   - Ellen Bass

Danusha Laméris is the author of The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), and Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series, 2020). Some of her poems have been published in The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. The recipient of the 2020 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award, she teaches poetry independently, and was the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California.

Ghost Dogs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947896239
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Published: Terrapin Books - February 17th, 2020

Bonfire Opera: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822966050
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - February 25th, 2020