Robert Seufert, professor emeritus of English at MacMurray College, will be reading selections from four recently-published chapbooks. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at Our Town Books in Jacksonville, Illinois.
The chapbooks are the product of a lifetime of creative writing. The first, entitled Rooting and Other Poems 1965-1987 and the second, entitled Gaia and Other Musings 1988-2013, consist of selected lyric and narrative poems spanning a period of almost fifty years.
The third, a visionary epic entitled The Voyage, composed between 1976 and 1987, is a poem based on Egyptian mythology which encapsulates the author’s mature philosophy of life in the form of a story. This poem also exists in a taped version recorded by the author to the accompaniment of the synthesizer music of classical composer Michael Mauldin.
The fourth book, entitled The Deep One and Other Stories, consists of prose narratives that again span a fifty-year period and includes Seufert’s two most recent short stories, “The Real Final Problem,” a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, and “The Deep One,” a story based on the Cthulhu Mythos of famed horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. The two latter stories were premiered in previous public readings at Our Town Books and will not be featured in this performance.
These chapbooks will be available for purchase at the time of the reading and will continue to be on sale at the bookstore. For further information call Our Town Books at 245-2665.