Benjamin Cutler Book Launch: Wild Silence

Benjamin Cutler is launching his new book of poetry, WILD SILENCE, at City Lights Bookstore on May 31st at 6:00pm. 

If, as Simone Weil once wrote, "absolutely unmixed attention is prayer," then the poems of Benjamin Cutler are prayers, blessings, devotions to the art of being here with others and ourselves. "I intend to hear everything," Cutler writes, and so he guides us into the "wild silence" to teach us, again and again, how to listen-to everything, to "every prayer that salts the air," to the "hopeless cries in the orange night," to the "marrow mystery" of our own miraculous being. The great "promise," he writes, "begins with wild silence." And so, with this Wild Silence, it does.

- Joseph Fasano, author of The Crossing

Benjamin Cutler is an award-winning poet and author of the full-length books of poetry, The Geese Who Might be Gods (Main Street Rag, 2019) and Wild Silence (Trail to Table, 2024). His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times and has appeared in Zone 3Verse DailyTar River Poetry, and EcoTheo Review, among many others. He is also a recipient of the North Carolina Poetry Society's Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship. In addition, Benjamin is a high-school English and creative writing teacher in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina where he lives with his family and frequents the local rivers and trails.

To pre-order WILD SILENCE, stop by our store or call us at (828) 586-9499. You can learn more about Benjamin at his website:

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ISBN: 9798218338176
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: Trail to Table - May 31st, 2024

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