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posted Friday, June 7, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 23
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma to read from The Safety of Edges at Elliott Bay June 15
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Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma to read from The Safety of Edges at Elliott Bay June 15

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma will read from The Safety of Edges, his new collection of poems, at the Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave) on Saturday, June 15, at 7pm. The reading will be followed by a boisterous Q&A and a book-signing.

The book, said Pruiksma, is intended to appeal not only to other poets but also to those who don't usually read poetry.

'Taken together, the poems form a kind of story,' he said, 'making connections between the past and the present, childhood and adulthood, what is here and what is there - all the edges of experience that offer their own paradoxical protection.'

Pruiksma's other books include Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar, and Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation, which he wrote with the South Indian artist C. F. John. He has lived and worked in Tamil Nadu, India, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and now makes his home on Vashon Island.

The Safety of Edges was published earlier this year by Marrowstone Press, founded by the painter Galen Garwood.

'For Galen, publishing books is a way of keeping gifts moving in the world,' Pruiksma said. 'Since the book is dedicated to my husband, David, Galen decided to release it on Valentine's Day. So I'm particularly glad to be reading from it during Pride Month. And since I was born and raised in Seattle, this feels like both a literary and personal homecoming.'

In addition to his work as a writer, Pruiksma performs nationally and internationally, combining poetry, story, magic, and song in talks and presentations for the young and old alike, and serves as Language Consultant for the Cozy Grammar series of online video courses.

The Safety of Edges has received advance praise from noteworthy writers including Peter Weltner, the author of The Light of the Sun Become Sea and Unbecoming Time, who called the volume of poems 'a work of a compassionate discreteness, a generous simplicity, in which the hours of life are not lost but found, sometimes, 'all of here in our hands.'

Gustavo Esteva, the author of Grassroots Postmodernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures, also has lauded the book:

'Pruiksma's mysterious magic is all here,' Esteva said. 'But he also shares some hallucinatory insights, those that you can only get when you are a child and you wonder.'

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