The Leavenworth Public Library in Leavenworth, Kan. will host an event with Eric McHenry, Poet Laureate of KansasTM, on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. in the Jahn Room, 417 Spruce Street. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program which is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
As Poet Laureate of KansasTM, McHenry promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans through public readings, presentations, and discussions about poetry in communities across the state. McHenry will present “A Momentary Stay Against Confusion.” Drawing inspiration from a Robert Frost essay for the title, McHenry's presentation showcases poetry in a new light. “There's a popular perception that contemporary poetry is obscure and hard to understand,” said McHenry. “I'd like to share some poems that defy that stereotype, and to talk about how poetry can achieve a special kind of clarity not found in any other kind of writing.”
Following the presentation, local poets will share their works. The event will also include refreshments. Contact the library at 913-682-5666 ext. 218 for more information.