Book presentation, Time Inside, with author Gary Margolis
3pm, Sunday, Nov. 17th
Press release from Dede Cummings, the editor of Green Writers’ Press:
Green Writers Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Time Inside, award-winning poet and counselor Gary Margolis’ seventh book of poems, a collection that buzzes with the kind of radical empathy that elevates the best poetry from a solely artistic venture to the work of revolution.
He takes his readers into the maximum security correctional facility where he volunteered teaching poetry. In the opening poem, he imagines an inmate speaking in his cell at Christmas and then, in other poems, goes on to interrogate his own privilege or discomfort, while always honoring the experiences he describes with clarity, humor, and a counselor’s and poet’s eye for detail. The poems in this collection move from inside the walls of the prison to examine the dangers and joys of the outside world, treating the varied experiences of loss and love with the same nuance and careful craft. Poet and novelist Julia Alvarez writes of Time Inside: “These are poems that return us again and again to the essence of things while also celebrating our humanness with passion and compassion. The poems feel both effortless and heart-/hard-won. Reminders and mantras to return us to the essential.”
The collection is both timely and timeless in its subject matter and will intrigue long-time poetry readers as well as those new to the genre. Margolis’ writing is filled with a deep generosity that is much needed in an era of political turmoil and uncertainty. When he writes: "It'd be dangerous / to hold my tongue. / To not / write with anything I can,” his call to arms doesn’t come across as purely idealistic, but instead as the only humane response to cruelty.