Sobering Honesty, Dark Comedy

Poet Martha Rhodes grabbed her listeners’ attention during her reading and talk at LitFest, surprising them with oddly funny poems describing often serious subjects. Rhodes, an experienced figure in the literary world, read a series of poems about domestic life, marriage, and loss from her latest collection of poetry, The Beds, which ranges from sobering honesty to dark comedy. Having lived in New York for more than a decade, Rhodes found that her poetry after 9/11 was influenced by the tragic loss and the images she personally recalls. “I see now, looking back, that many of my poems reflect that day, probably at an unconscious level.” says Rhodes, “I draw much of my recent work from those memories in my life.”       

-Amy Holt, Sr. English Major

Martha Rhodes

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