COMING UP

Exile and Return - An Evening with Steve Bellin-Oka

Bellin-Oka to read and discuss his poetry collection, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost

Magic City Books is proud to welcome Steve Bellin-Oka for a virtual event in celebration of his poetry collection, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost, winner of the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry.

“Steve Bellin-Oka’s poems hold in balance an intensified language and a passionate voice that bring together the struggles of the inner life with stark realities. This is a book of arresting authenticity.”–Peter Balakian, Pulitzer-Prize winner and judge

This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will stream live on Facebook.

To register in advance for the event, visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/.../WN_ykinF2OKS0aA9nBF9bxdfA

Instructions for Seeing a Ghost is available now at Magic City Books. You can purchase a copy in store or online here: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/.../instructions.../412.

About Instructions for Seeing a Ghost
This poetry collection is the record of an American’s return home after a decade abroad, an exile imposed solely because he loved another man.

In a virtuoso display of lyric and formal inventiveness, Bellin-Oka’s poems meditate on the myriad losses engendered by diaspora: of home, family and sexual identity, and spiritual certainty.

From “Self-Portrait as the Chosen One”:
Long before I was what I am now, short of breath, bald, just returned with arthritic knees from exile in another country’s muck and red volcanic soil, too near-sighted to discern the High Plains tumbleweed from the burning bush of myth, scorched now and silent, long before this, I was the first son my mother bore that lived.

STEVE BELLIN-OKA is the author of a chapbook, Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station and is the recipient of a Tulsa Artists Fellowship in poetry. He has taught at the University of Mississippi and Eastern New Mexico University. He lives in Tulsa with his husband.