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It sounds like an appealing alternative to the Valley’s summer temperatures, but “Skinny Dipping in Daylight” is the debut poetry collection from Cory Basil — who returns to his home state this week with a reading at Coronado eatery Astor House.

Basil describes his work as both introspective and vulnerable. Expect to hear pieces like, “All of this Madness for a Cup of Coffee” (“about the lemming-like nature of society and lack of true connection,” he says) and “Falling Like Leaves,” which “speaks of the power of aging and our inability to defeat it.”

Cocktails and a small plate menu will be available for prose-goers, and local musical duo (and married couple) The Bear and the Bird also perform.

Take a dip from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Astor House, 2243 North 12th Street. Admission is free; copies of the book will be available for $20. Call 602-687-9775 for details.


Fri., June 21, 7 p.m., 2013
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Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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