Poetry Reading with Christine Kanownik

Author Event: King of Pain by Christine Kanownik
Friday, June 1st @ 6:30pm



  Christine Kanownik is the author of KING OF PAIN (Monk Books 2016) and the forthcoming kaput! (Trembling Pillow Press 2019). Her poetry is can be found at FENCE, Diagram, Cosmonaut Avenue, jubilat, among others. Her chapbook We Are Now Beginning to Act Wildly was published in 2012 by Diez Press. She lives Chicago.

Please join us on Friday, June 1st to for a reading from Christine and guests!

Event date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 12:15pm
King of Pain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991322121
Availability: Special Order
Published: Monk Books - January 20th, 2016

Christine Kanownik's debut book, KING OF PAIN, wrestles with heavy themes while maintaining a wry grace that carries us effortlessly into a kind of fatalistic enlightenment. Brave, lyrical, and wonderfully direct, KING OF PAIN is one of those books that leaves you feeling more real after reading it. Filled with crass human truths and deep emotional beauty, KING OF PAIN is a book of highly original work by one of the most exciting new poets of our generation. In her poem "The Flower is a Jerk" she meditates with Wordsworthian bravado on flowers; then writes "but this isn't about flowers / it is about our perverse relationship / with the one flower." In the long, luscious poem, "I Don't Know," the speaker tells us, wisely, "it is because of love we get this way / In this new era of unbelievable pain." Christine Kanownik's poems see the world- weary humanity in all things. She sees beauty in pain. And pain in beauty. And of those, she is king.