20 Years of Inspiring Words & Music

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Poet:  Sue Ellen Thompson

Music:  Co Co Beaux

Opening Voice:

7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00)

The Mystic Arts Center
9 Water Street
Downtown Mystic

Admission $10, Students 21 & Under Free

Call: 860-912-2444
E-mail: info@theartscafemystic.org

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Sue Ellen Thompson
For two decades, the poet Sue Ellen Thompson lived among us in Mystic – until a few years ago when she and her husband moved to Maryland for his then new job.  Residents of Mystic and surrounding towns still think of Ms. Thompson as "their poet," and those Mystic years were creatively fruitful for her, a time during which she produced four acclaimed books of poems and established a national reputation as one of America’s leading poets. 

Her poems have notably examined and celebrated family life in small-town New England.  In documenting the everyday experience of marriage, birth, parenting, aging, and death, she has created a body of work that captures the texture and complexity of ordinary life, while illuminating, magnifying, and affirming our familiar quotidian.  Though many of her poems are deeply personal and emotionally intense, her supple craft and unsentimental intelligence render them readily accessible. She also seasons her work with a useful, kindly sense of humor. These are just some of the reasons why she has won a large and adoring audience.  Indeed, Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, has commented that "Sue Ellen Thompson’s poems are wondrous creations of the real world of love and loss and desire – full of humor, full of tender passion…"

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Musician »

Co Co Beaux
Co Co Beaux is the beloved male cappella group from Connecticut College.  The award-winning ensemble has just released its eighth album Key Change, which includes songs by Bastille, Mumford & Sons, Rhianna, and Darius Rucker, among others.  These boys deliver serious wit and charm!