The Attic Institute community is invited to a special Book Launch for David Biespiel's eleventh book, Republic Café.
Seven years in the making, Republic Café is a tale of love and darkness, a magical portrait of the writer as a moral and imaginative participant in the political life of his nation. Inspired by Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour, and sharing the spirit of Tomas Transtromer's Baltics and Yehuda Amichai's Time, Republic Café is a meditation on love during a time of violence, and a tally of what appears and disappears in every moment.
"I was unprepared for the true enormity of the scope of this remarkable, deeply moving and consistently compelling new book." — David St. John
"Biespiel's finest book of poems to date. Republic Café builds on Biespiel's strengths as a lyric poet with a social conscience, a latter-day Romantic in a skeptical time." — David Baker
"David Biespiel reinvents poetry in Republic Café by mating a love poem with a historical narrative. Transcendent, mysterious, and as supernatural as it is completely human, this is poetry that transforms the reader." — Laura Kasischke