The Oct. 24 Autumn House Master Authors Series poetry reading promises a study in contrasts. Jim Daniels, a Carnegie Mellon English professor, writes with a wry if sometimes rueful empathy, frequently recalling his youth in working-class Detroit: "We ignored sirens or we shouted / bring 'em on. We spit each other's / names, and the wind blew them back / in our faces and we smiled and called / each other friend, / then kicked each other / in the balls." Elizabeth Kirschner, a Maine-based poet whose My Life as a Doll is new on Pittsburgh's Autumn House, writes of childhood abuse in wrenching metaphor: "Then God took a knife / cut me into pure pain, / alive amid birds / wilding in the grapevine / while my dreams angled / into me like hooks, dragging me / away from Mother / into a world / he forget to bless."
8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24; Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. Free. 412-381-4261