Benjamin Schmitt presents The Saints of Capitalism

"Schmitt’s poetry forces us to dig deep."—Matthew Hamilton


Third Place Books welcomes local poet Benjamin Schmitt to our Ravenna store! Schmitt will be presenting his fourth collection of poetry The Saints of Capitalism, a lyrical exploration of looking outward from the middle of an emergency with Schmitt's trademark wit and honesty. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of The Saints of Capitalism will be available for purchase in-store only. Call Ravenna to reserve your copy of the book. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About The Saints of Capitalism. . .

The Saints of Capitalism is Benjamin Schmitt at his headlong, urgent, desperately funny best. These poems, both colloquial and meticulously wrought, offer the sense of looking outward from the center of a long emergency, where the everyday, the absurd, and the downright uncanny have begun to blend. But a deep humanity underlies Schmitt's sharp wit: Look at all that needs saving, he tells us, which also means that much is worth saving. What an exhilarating and consoling book this is!


Praise for Benjamin Schmitt . . .

"Schmitt’s poetry forces us to dig deep. With a clear and accessible voice, Schmitt introduces us to 'this collapsing civilization' that we call the United States of America."
Matthew Hamilton, Kissing Dynamite Press

"Schmitt has a knack for writing about memory and the passage of youth, while detailing the people that inhabited those clubs, making them more than punk rock caricatures in Doc Martins boots and Black Flag t-shirts."
Brian Fanelli, TheThe Poetry

"I admire it for the imagery and the surrealistic sense of transition but unlike much surrealism coming out of America today, it maintains its content: lyrical quality of that imagery, the merging of the political and the personal, erotic material, the desperation of real intimacy."
Sam Witt, author of Everlasting Quail

Benjamin Schmitt is the author of four books, most recently The Saints of Capitalism and Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sojourners, Antioch Review, The Good Men Project, Hobart, Columbia Review, Spillway, and elsewhere. A co-founder of Pacifica Writers’ Workshop, he has also written articles for The Seattle Times and At The Inkwell. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children.

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