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Poetry Reading: Stephen Behrendt

7:00 pm
University Bookstore
Stephanie Budell, (402) 472-8523,
Refractions is the newest book of poetry from noted writer and scholar Stephen C. Behrendt, George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This five part collection includes original woodcut prints from artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton.

Stephen Behrendt is a native of Northeastern Wisconsin and now lives in Lincoln. He is an international authority on British Romantic literature and culture as well as a widely published poet. Refractions is his fourth collection.


In a world that seems bent on sullying the word, Stephen Behrendt’s poems are unfailingly human. Love, sayeth the mystic, is the means and end of understanding. You find that lens, it’s refractions, everywhere in this fine collection. —- Robert Gibb, author of The Homestead

These poems ask that we look into the unseen, the corners of the house, the boundaries of the yard and beyond into the wild. Behrendt seeks the memories that don’t sit as merely pictures; rather these refractions alter and distort what we might consider absolute, staking a personal relationship by way of re-experience. —- Bret Shepard, Director of Creative Writing, university of Idaho

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