Published : Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 1:51 PM
On Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes Los Angeles poet Seth Stewart for a reading and signing of his book The Ending I Imagined. Artist Patrick Hruby says this is a “beautifully and sensitively written meditation on the in-between moments of life.”
The Ending I Imagined is the inaugural collection of poems by Seth Stewart and acts as a literary magnifying glass hovering over our aunt’s kitchen junk drawer. Small moments, bad weather, scuffed shoes, and daily cleaning are just a few examples of the author’s quotidian subject matter. Like the quiet grief of simply living, each of these carefully crafted, short, and simple poems seems to shrink our lives into silly nothings, and then swell them with so much meaning we think we might burst. Stewart comments, “When I was six, I found a golden ring on the sidewalk. When I was 12, I lost it down the heating vent in my bedroom. The poems in this book are what I’ve after it.”
TODAY, from The Ending I Imagined:
“Tomorrow, impress the dust with record collections, lush house plants, rings on coasters – the dignified offices of grief you will leave behind. Forget nothing. Accept the cluttered kitchen table’s gathering aspect and all the lost room for what you wanted.” – Seth Stewart 2016
Seth Stewart was raised in Brockton, Massachusetts and attended Oberlin College and the California Institute of the Arts. His writing has been featured in literary and academic publications. His film, “Wayward Pilgrims” (a collaboration with Taylor Greeson) was screened at MoMA in 2009. In 2011, he and artist/designer Patrick Hruby co-created The Archipelago, an expansive project that culminated in an exhibition at Culturefix gallery in New York City.
Seth is currently working on Callithump, his forthcoming book of short stories, as well as his first full-length novel, women in parking lots. He resides in Montrose, CA with his tortoiseshell cat, Mavis; his frog, Hardy; and too many spiders for the average person.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.