Virtual Event, Troy Jollimore at BooksmithEarthly Delights


Booksmith hosts a virtual event with Troy Jollimore (Earthly Delights) and Heather Altfield (Post-Mortem). Join us!

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About Earthly Delights by Troy Jollimore

From the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a new collection of philosophical, elegiac, and wry meditations on film, painting, music, and poetry itself.

Earthly Delights begins with an invocation to the muse and ends with the departure of Odysseus from Ithaca. In between, Troy Jollimore’s distinguished new collection ranges widely, with cinematic and adventurous poems that often concern artistic creation and its place in the world. A great many center on films, from Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. The title poem reflects on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, while another is an elegy for Gord Downie, the lead singer and lyricist for the cult rock band The Tragically Hip. Other poems address various forms of political insanity, from the Kennedy assassination to today’s active shooter drills, and philosophical ideas, from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s musings on beauty to John D. Rockefeller’s thoughts on the relation between roses and capitalist ethics. The book’s longest poem, “American Beauty,” returns repeatedly to the film of that name, but ultimately becomes a meditation on the Western history of making and looking, and—like many of the book’s poems—an elegy for lost things.

Troy Jollimore’s books of poetry are Syllabus of Errors, At Lake Scugog, and Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry in 2006. His writings have appeared or will appear in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Best American Poetry 2020, the Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He is also the author of several works of philosophy, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His fourth collection of poetry, Earthly Delights, will appear in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in September.


This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.