Veteran playwright, screenwriter, film director, and Wakefield native son Israel Horovitz celebrates his first-ever poetry collection, HEAVEN AND OTHER POEMS (Three Rooms Press) with a reading at Lucius Beebe Memorial Library on Monday, August 17 at 7pm.
“An Evening with Israel Horovitz” will feature the renowned author reading poems from the book and sharing stories about what inspired them. Horovitz has written poetry his entire life, and the work in HEAVEN relays deeply moving, often humorous, personal tales such as a conversation with Samuel Beckett, familial love and loss, and creative triumphs.
New York Times bestselling author Russell Banks raves, “Israel Horovitz is now one of a bare handful of playwrights, along with Tennessee Williams, Beckett, and a couple of Elizabethans, who can write first-rate poetry in English. These poems are not merely good for a man who happens to be a world-class playwright; they’re poems that make our lives larger than they would be without them.”
And Oscar-winning actor Kevin Kline, who stars in Horovitz’ new film, offers high praise for HEAVEN: “The poetry in this collection is variously political, personal, passionate, funny, nostalgic, elegiac, verbally playful, and unsparingly honest. Wordsworth said of the sonnet: ‘with this key Shakespeare unlocked his heart.’ The same can be said of the poems of Israel Horovitz.”
Copies of HEAVEN AND OTHER POEMS will be available for purchase and signing at the event.