Arts Cafe Mystic welcomes poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil

On Friday, the Arts Cafe Mystic welcomes an amazing poet: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, winner of the Balcones Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and author of the collections "Lucky Fish," "Miracle Fruit" and "At the Drive-In Volcano."

Her poems are magically wrought - mixing plainspoken and whimsical characters with lush and gorgeously described sensoral images and observations. Consider, from "SPICES Coloring 68":

"If your man doesn't know cumin / from cardamom, it's time / to let him go.

"But if he discovers a wetted / paintbrush dipped / into turmeric makes a soft / yellow line /on your back....then

"keep him...."

There's magic and then there's magic.

It's a great and empathetic program. The evening's musical guest is New York City cabaret singer Nora Fox Blackall (a Stonington native), and the Opening Voice poet is Joanie DiMartino.


Arts Cafe Mystic, 7 p.m. Friday, Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water St., Mystic; with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Nora Fox Blackall; $10, free for students under 21; (860) 912-2444,

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