Launch for Randall Mann’s Straight Razor (Persea Books, 2013), and reading with Jennifer Elise Foerster, Leaving Tulsa (University of Arizona Press, 2013). Wine and sparkling water will be served.
Randall Mann’s Straight Razor is a provocative collection of bawdy yet elegant poems depicting the exhilarations, debaucheries, and trauma of growing up amid San Francisco’s gay scene. Randall Mann combines the regal and ribald, his ear for poetic form matched by his unrelenting eye for lasciviousness, in this fetching chronicle of oversexed youth.
“Craft and bravura mix well…Mann shows himself [Thom Gunn’s] apt pupil…The clarity startles.” —Richard Raynor, Los Angeles Times
Randall Mann is the author of two previous poetry collections, Breakfast with Thom Gunn and Complaint in the Garden. His poems and prose appear in The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, Salmagundi, and The Washington Post. He lives in San Francisco.
Leaving Tulsa, a book of road elegies and laments, travels from Oklahoma to the edges of the American continent through landscapes at once stark and lush, ancient and apocalyptic. The imagery that cycles through the poems—fire, shell, highway, wing—gives the collection a rich lyrical-dramatic texture. Ultimately, these brave and luminous poems engage and shatter the boundaries of time, self, and continent.
“For a book that unfurled like a wild, restless road trip, I took great delight in Jennifer Elise Foerester’s Leaving Tulsa. Sensuous, generous, full of beginnings and endings, this map of America flapping in the dark meditates on Foerster’s Muskogee ancestry, the American prairie, the loss of her grandmother’s land, and her shard-like rediscovery in California. —Tess Taylor, NPR
Jennifer Elise Foerster has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she was Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Widely published in journals and anthologies, Foerster is of German, Dutch and Muscogee descent and a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.