Poplandia poetry reading and signing with Andre Peltier
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
We are thrilled to welcome back former long-time Nicola’s Books bookseller Andre Peltier to present Poplandia, his debut chapbook of poetry! Fun fact: Andre met his wife while they both were working at Nicola’s Books. If you remember Andre or if you just like poetry, be sure to join us!
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About the Book
Andre F. Peltier’s Poplandia, populated with popular culture references from Elvis Presley to Godzilla and Superman to John Coltrane, issues forth real and fictional characters in visuals that when combined create a narrative not unlike an old-time hand crank film. The still images flip “over and over, / nostalgia” replete with sensitivity and daring. While the references are both woven through and center the poems, there is always a sense that Peltier’s renderings are both memorializing and saving what might one day be found discarded in a “dirt mall.” As Wyatt Earp ropes the moon and Coltrane is discovered among the rigatoni in a pantry, readers are set to wondering, along with the poet, “how many records,” films, artists, and creators “have saved our lives?” Joy and hard truths rub against each other racking these narrative poems up like pool balls aimed for a pocket in clipped lines most often of three to five words. Near the book’s close, we are made most aware that popular culture has consistently “carried our hopes for the future in our hearts” yet the “fear of the bomb lives in our souls.” Readers are sure to carry Poplandia’s words and images into their own futures with a longing now not only for the cultural icons themselves, but for Peltier’s poignant renderings of them.
About the Author:
Andre F. Peltier (he/him) is a Pushcart and Best of the Net Nominee and a former employee at Nicola's/Schuler Books. He is a Lecturer III at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches literature and writing. He lives in Ypsilanti, MI. with his wife and children. His poetry has recently appeared in various publications like CP Quarterly, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Provenance Journal, Lavender and Lime Review, About Place, and Fahmidan Journal. His debut chapbook, Poplandia, is available from Alien Buddha Press. In his free time, he obsesses over soccer and comic books.