Big Blue Marble welcomes back poet and novelist Baron Wormser, and welcomes home to Philly poet Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Wormser will be reading from his novel, “Tom o’Vietnam,” and Beaumont from her new collection, "Letters from Limbo."
Baron Wormser’s fifteenth book, Tom o’ Vietnam, traces the travels of a Vietnam vet in the fall of 1982. Tom o’ Vietnam is a very American road novel but also an evocation and investigation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Tom o’ Vietnam blends poetry, history, and dark wit, as it bears witness to the depths of eloquence and grief, anger and endurance.
In Beaumont’s new book, "Letters from Limbo," voices of the dead reach the living through various means, including the titular letters, revealing experiences harrowing and mysterious. Fluent in many modes, the poet commands varied poetic forms both illuminating and celebrating the haunting truth of our unpredictable earthly sojourn as we dwell in metaphorical limbo.