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Terence Winch’s first book of poetry, Irish Musicians/American Friends, won an American Book Award in 1986; his latest collection, The Great Indoors (Story Line Press), includes many poems written during the same decade. With Indoors, Winch demonstrates that “the darkness and humor of life are intermixed.” He combines wit and desperation in “The Nihilists Have Nothing to Worry About,” and employs forceful metaphor, as in “Black Market” (“There was a smell of chalk dust in the room/as I bent over and inhaled her private alarm”). Indoors also includes bonuses for local readers: There’s “Takoma Park Metro” and “Swamp,” which accurately describes a D.C. summer. After all, Winch and his band, Celtic Thunder, have been on the scene for 18 years. The poet/musician reads at noon on Saturday, March 4, at Chapters.