Raina León's second book of poems, Boogeyman Dawn (Salmon Poetry), is a brutal collection of traumatic experiences that makes no attempt to soften their blows. "Oftentimes we push aside those stories; they're on the news and we hear it so often we don't hear it anymore," León says. "So this book puts a lot of that up close, up front and center, says: here is the trauma, it is hard; it is depressing; it is weakening; it is challenging; it is difficult; it is a bleeding; a bloodletting. But at the same time, it says pay attention, pay attention, pay attention, and see if you can possibly transform." "Boogeyman" refers to that tendency we have to blame some figure that doesn't exist, "the evil within you that's not you." The book was written, she says, in response to the question: "What happens to the boogeyman when dawn comes? Does he really disappear, or does that figure disappear into the darkness within us?" León will read with Joe Napora as part of the Thursdays at Readers series.