Poetry. WHY WE LIVE IN THE DARK AGES considers how information about science and history is transmitted through language, rather than empirical experience—and how successful that transmission often is, despite its flaws. Levad holds her poems up to us as a mirror, showing the absurdity, helplessness and humor of the human condition. These poems are not meta or worried about where they might fit into the canon. Levad doesn't employ the usual poetic arsenal, although at its heart this book wonders and ruminates over the magic of language—not how we craft our stories for the page, but how we actually tell them.
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Selected as Tavern Books' 2014 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series poet, Levad is the author of WHY WE LIVE IN THE DARK AGES (Tavern Books, 2015). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Fence, Mantis, and Tin House, among others, and in the Everyman's Library anthology Killer Verse. She also writes lyrics for composers Tucker Fuller and Kristin Kuster. Her debut libretto Kept: A Ghost Story premiered at the Virginia Arts Festival in May 2017. Levad lives in San Francisco.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA