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2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize Winner Robert Krut at LTCC Oct 11

Posted on September 30, 2013
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Truckee Writers, South Tahoe Events

THIS_IS_THE_OCEAN_COVEROn Oct. 11, 2013 at 7 pm Bona Fide Books will launch poet Robert Krut’s award-winning collection “This Is the Ocean” with a reading and book signing as part of the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series.

The event is free and open to the public.

Krut’s second collection, “This Is the Ocean” claimed the local publisher’s 2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually in honor of the local artist who died in 2009.

“The themes and images in this book really got under my skin,” says Kim Wyatt, publisher of Bona Fide Books, which awards the prizewinner publication, a cash prize and a reading at Lake Tahoe. “It reads like cinema, or like a dream, and it made me see things in a new way.”

Robert Krut is the author of “The Spider Sermons” (BlazeVox, 2009). His poems have appeared widely in print and online. He teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Writing Program and College of Creative Studies. More information can be found at

Nationally acclaimed writer, poet and performer Patricia Smith, distinguished visiting professor and writer-in-residence at Sierra Nevada College, will also read at the event.

Books will be available for signing and purchase. “This Is the Ocean” will also be available through Bona Fide Books, select stores and online beginning Oct. 11.

Lake Tahoe Community College is located at 1 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. For more information on this or other Bona Fide events, contact Kim Wyatt at or visit the website at


This is where birds lift
just below the sun, eyelids
in their beaks, stitching a blanket
to blink the light.

Tonight, the palm trees don’t lilt
from wind, but exhaustion.

I don’t remember getting the tattoo
of your life story across my back,
but it’s there, it’s there,
and all I wanted to do was show you.

Fronds dive to the pavement at sight
of the approaching clouds,
make wings around us.

You brushed aside a strand of hair,
whispered a secret
before I could.

I said, it’s raining,
and you said, those are stones.

From This Is the Ocean, forthcoming from Bona Fide Books

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