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Pages Bookshop Virtually Presents Nandi Comer

August 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm

Looking for something to help you get through this long, hot summer? We have just the thing! Join us for an evening of poetry with Detroit writer and poet, Nandi Comer. Nandi’s latest book of poetry, Tapping Out came out this past May and since we couldn’t celebrate with her at Pages, we’ve decided to take the celebratory reading to a virtual realm.

August 18, 6:30 – 7:30 EST

You can register for this event here.

You can buy Nandi’s book of poetry here.


About Tapping Out 

The relentless motions and blinding colors of lucha libre, the high-flying wrestling sport, are the arresting backdrop to Nandi Comer’s collection Tapping Out. Mexican freestyle wrestling becomes the poet’s lyrical motif, uncovering what is behind the intricate masks we wear in society and our search for place within our personal histories. Comer’s poetic narratives include explorations of violence, trauma, and identity. The exquisite complications of the black experience in settled and unsettled spaces propel her linear explorations, which challenge the idea of metaphor and cadence.

The harsh realities of being migrant and immigrant, being birthright and oppressed, are as hard-pressed as the plancha move to the body. Each poem in Tapping Out is a “freestyle movement” of language and complexity put on full display, under the bright lights and roars of survival. Comer’s splendid and barbed, Detroit style of language melts the masks with searing words.

NANDI COMER is a native Detroiter. She is the author of the American Family: A Syndrome (Finishing Line Press) and Tapping Out (Northwestern University Press,). She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Muzzle, The Offing and Southern Indiana Review.


August 18, 2020
6:30 pm–7:30 pm

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