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Launch Party for Travis Smith's chapbook in cards, Zodiac B

When: Sun., Nov. 6, 5 p.m. 2016

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

TRAVIS SMITH: ZODIAC B

The constellations as we know them were fixed by a group of astronomers in 1922, but their official enshrinement of variously sized dippers and bears relegated a number of evocative sidereal configurations to the graveyard of history. In his chapbook Zodiac B, prior INDY Poetry Contest winner Travis Smith revives the stars that fell from the heavens in conversational prose-poem encomiums to the likes of Testudo the Turtle, Bufo the Toad, and Aranea the Spider. Appropriately for his forgotten subjects, Smith's address is often consolatory: "No wonder you have those scales, Pangolin. Everyone wants a piece of you." The chapbook is beautifully printed on tarot cards, giving these lost arcana a proper homecoming to the firmament. Smith launches the chapbook, published by Ninepin Press, on Sunday at Flyleaf Books, where he is a longtime bookseller. —Brian Howe

FLYLEAF BOOKS, CHAPEL HILL

5 p.m., free, www.flyleafbooks.com

Price: Free

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