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It's not often that poets read at Carnegie Hall, but Jeffrey Beam (pictured) read there this last April, which should give you some sense of what you might find if you catch him at McIntyre's Fine Books in Fearrington Villiage, Saturday, May 27 at 11 a.m. Beam's reading celebrates the release of a spoken-word CD, What We Have Lost: New & Selected Poems 1977-2001, a retrospective collection taken from his award-winning chapbooks. Those who have heard Beam read know that his spare, emotionally charged poems come to life in performance with an open-hearted and honest warmth that challenges this era's love-affair with irony and power. This reading, drawing from the whole range of his work, should be particularly special. Call 542-3030 for details. --David Need

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