In her brilliant new collection, “The Worrier,” Nancy Takacs has presented her readers with her most finely nuanced and psychologically sophisticated collection of poetry to date. Each piece is an inner dialogue, a meditation, an experiential episode that seems to reveal the true nature of our relationship with our environment fragment by fragment, as we struggle to come to terms with our place in the physical world. There are two voices — the worrier and the answer — and Takacs’ worrier is presented in diametric opposition to the natural world, and to its processes. The natural world moves forward with wildness, sometimes purely instinctively, and sometimes without any apparent impetus. Takacs seems to point out, by way of this collection, that it is our intellect, that inner voice in which we place so much trust that frequently confounds us. We are apparently, by nature, unable to trust the design and wisdom of the kingdom into which we’ve been born. We are constantly sabotaged by our rebellious sense of self-importance, and by our insistence that the natural world is something that we can, somehow, bend to our will. But our determination to understand the natural world only in our own terms will only result in the muting of the wisdom of the earth, and will leave us nothing but our own noise. An extraordinary addition to this poet’s oeuvre. 15 Bytes, Utah's premier Art magazine, is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. At the beginning of each month, 15 Bytes publishes a variety of articles on Utah's art scene including artist interviews, exhibition, performance and book reviews, spotlights on galleries and more. We're happy to congratulate Nancy Takacs on winning the 15 Bytes Poetry Award and proud to welcome her back to The Printed Garden to read from her work and talk about poetry with the two runners up, Adam Giannelli and Mike White. This was one of our favorite events last year, so we're pretty excited about it! We'll be starting at 7:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.