Poet Serena Chopra’s new book, This Human, delves into the human experience of being lonely — and its significance. “I was sort of exploring what loneliness is, and was at first sort of bummed out about loneliness,” says Chopra, currently the resident writer at RedLine. “I discovered that loneliness is very important to me, and I also discovered that it’s very important on a social level.”
A poem in seven parts that explores anatomy, architecture and taxonomy, among other things, This Human addresses contemporary loneliness as it relates to technology and social networking, as well as how the feeling interacts with the creation of art. “Beauty can be best seen, noticed, acknowledged in moments of loneliness,” explains Chopra. “I discovered that in order to create beauty, one needs to experience loneliness, because loneliness allows one to perceive beauty. And is it possible, then, to create beauty if you cannot perceive beauty? And for me, the answer was no.”
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This Human, published by Coconut Books, will be released at a free reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street. Chopra will read from her work; local poets Noah Eli Gordon and Michael Flatt will also read, along with New York poet Dorothea Lasky. For more information, visit redlineart.org or coconutpoetry.org.
Thu., April 11, 6:30 p.m., 2013