Reddin launches poetry chapbook that threads modern America’s inherent violence with reading
You might recognize the name of a local writer as the Styles guy at The Lawton Constitution, or possibly as the editor of 580 MONTHLY. He’s also a poet, if you didn’t know it.
With a reading of his latest work scheduled for Saturday night, Gary Reddin is introducing himself to the public as a poet, even if he calls himself anything but that. But when you release your first collection of poems, titled: “An Abridged History of American Violence,” you have to face the truth — you are, in fact, a poet even if you’re a bit of a contrarian.
“I’ve never really considered myself a poet, really,” he said.
Reddin will read selections from his collection at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Church, 816 W. Gore. The book is locally published by Rose Rock Press.
With a gripping title that sublimates its theme through each of the works contained within, “An Abridged History of American Violence” was the moniker that made the cut. Reddin said he’d made a list of six or seven potential title ideas, but they all centered around the same idea of the inherent violence surrounding our culture. Its threading sews the collection into something complete and tangible.
“It was all in having a history of trauma and violence,” he said. “All of the poems in this book I wanted to line up with each other.”
The collection of works followed the 2016 death by suicide of Reddin’s friend from high school, “James.” The book is dedicated to him.