John’s new book, Have at You Now! has recently been released by CW Books. Of Have at You Now!, Darrell Bourque says “the poems…are acted upon with the same verve and wit and parry and heart as that scene from Hamlet from which the title is taken. These are the poems of a huge imagination and a huge intellect whose observations are at once as capable of being as fully engaged in the philosophical as in the familial. John Gery is a powerful traveler poet who counters experience with thought, form with idea, technique with delivery. Gery is one of the best poets writing today and I go to him repeatedly for guidance and direction. Have at You Now! is nothing short of a master class in how to make poems that matter.”
Have at You Now! is available from both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Over the next few months, John will be reading at several events to promote his book, including an upcoming reading in Phileadelphia with poets Lynn Levin and Elaine Terranova. The event will be held on Friday, March 14th 2014, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Cups & Chairs Tea Cafe, 701-03 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
Check back regularly for updates on John’s other readings and appearances.
On Sunday, December 8th at 3pm, John’s MFA poetry class from the University of New Orleans will read their work at the Maple Leaf Bar, 8216 Oak Street, New Orleans. John’s students will be joined by fellow UNO professor Carolyn Hembree’s students, for a collaborative reading of their poetry. The afternoon will showcase diverse, exciting work from a wide variety of poets, so if you’re in town, please do stop on by! You can find the event on Facebook, here.
On a recent trip to Belgrade, John Gery met with poet, scholar, and long-time friend Richard Berengarten (Richard Burns), to discuss the history and future of Serbia. The two were interviewed by Marina Vulićević, journalist for Belgrade’s leading newspaper, Politika, where both men advocated for the importance of political awareness amongst Serbia’s youth, and the potential for Serbia’s image to change and evolve, on an international scale.
The interview can be read in Serbian on the Politika website, here.
Poem read by poet John Gery, film by Aaron Rushin
From October 14th to October 26th, John participated in an exchange program with the Beijing Institute of Technology, where he gave lectures on both literary translation and American modernist literature at the school’s Zhong guancun and Liang xiang campuses. A summary of John’s time in Beijing can be found at the BIT website, here.