Breakfast at poets Carol and Richard Frost’s place must be an event of literary gamesmanship. “Would you pass the crumpets, dear?” asks Richard. “Only if you can tell me which Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem most often mentions our favorite soft griddled bread?” Carol replies. While the Frosts have obviously found common ground for their relationship, their writing styles are furlongs apart. Richard’s third book, Neighbor Blood, is filled with short pieces written in a colloquial tone that alternates between playful and eerie. But in Venus and Don Juan, Carol’s sixth book, her deeply metaphoric poetry is denser and darker than her husband’s. And it’s easy to wonder whether a line like “Scorn”‘s “When they were young the towering fierceness/Of their differences had frightened her even as she longed for physical release” refers to their marriage. The Frosts’ two very distinct, but uniquely harmonious, voices will read at noon at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495. (Christopher Porter)