Reading & Fundraiser: Larry Sorkin's "Uncomfortable Minds: Poems"

06/06/2021 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM ET


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On Sunday, June 6, via Zoom, Charlotte Lit faculty member Larry Sorkin will read from and discuss his new book, Uncomfortable Minds: Poems, as a fundraiser for Charlotte Lit. Give what you can. A minimum donation of $15 gets you a copy of Larry’s book. One hundred percent of proceeds go to Charlotte Lit's scholarship fund, for students in our (new, soon to be announced) Poetry Chapbook Lab.

“Uncomfortable Minds” is Sorkin’s riff on poet e.e. cummings‘ words, “Cambridge ladies who...are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds,” which refer to the conceit that uncomfortable minds are universal to all human beings. Larry’s collection of poems―sometimes joyful, sometimes elegiac―explore the idea of the restless, uncomfortable state as either something we can run from, try to fix, or embrace. Each poem in the collection explores some disturbance in the psyche, with poetry as a way to confront the disturbance, use it, embrace it.

Larry Sorkin is a some-of-the-time North Carolina poet, a part-time business man, and an occasional performer of poetry with The Bechtler Ensemble. He presents workshops exploring the connections between poetry and fine arts, dance, music, and depth psychology. He is poet-in-residence at the Airy Knoll Arts Project. Poetry didn’t come to Sorkin until his forties when he fell under the infectious influence of Robert Bly. He considers it a calling to spread the passion. He often holes up on his ridgetop overlooking the Piedmont, daydreaming into the fields and onto paper. His poetry collection "Uncomfortable Minds" was published in 2021.