Flyover Fest Staff Pick: Franny Choi at Two Dollar Radio

Andy Downing

In her writing, Franny Choi, a poet, playwright and editor, addresses issues of race, intimacy and, in "Introduction to Quantum Theory,” the potential existence of multiverses as explored in the 2018 animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” albeit far less artfully than in Choi's skilled hand.

“There are only so many parallel universes that concern us. In one, he isn't dead. In another, you drink light with your hands all winter,” the poet writes. “There is a universe in which no one is lying emptied in the street as the gas station burns, a universe in which our mothers never learned to wrap their bones in each small grief they'd found. There is a universe in which there is no difference between the past and the ground, another where the oceans pull the moon, and so on.”

Choi goes on to illustrate potential other worlds in which our pains don't exist, and our tragedies have befallen others — a brief suggestion of departure for a writer whose work in collections likeFloating, Brilliant, Gone, is as connected to her own history, hurts and joys as sinew to bone.

Choi will be joined for the reading by Alison C. Rollins, who recently released her debut poetry collection,Library of Small Catastrophes, and Nate Marshall, author ofWild Hundreds, whose next book,FINNA, is due in 2020. Poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib hosts.

8 p.m. Thursday, May 9

1124 Parsons Ave., South Side

Two Dollar Radio