Tertulia by Seth Pennington
Author: Seth Pennington
Release Date: April 28, 2017
44 Pages; 4x6; Paperback
Tertulia was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards chapbook category.
These poems are love letters to Manhattans, meteor showers, and mononucleosis; to friends hundreds of miles apart; to finding a great love and making a life out of it.
"Seth Pennington has the tender gift of both caretaker and observer, because he doesn’t just pay attention but tries to mend things in his work. Look closely in Tertulia—nearly ever poem absolutely refuses to judge anyone, no matter what they’ve done, or shows a kind of empathy for things that some might disregard or even revile. Nearly every one of his poems in some way beg for mercy and understanding, no matter the sin or ugliness or human flaws within. How else can I describe him? Well, if you’re familiar with the poets Adrienne Rich and Frank O’Hara, you know they’d never have a love child, but if they could make one, here he would be."
-Nickole Brown, author of Fanny Says
"This little chapbook does what often takes the whole of novels and compendiums, touching that deepest spark in all of us and reminding us to open our eyes and see."
-John Venegas, Angel City Review