Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among trees and bushes rusted by Christmas frosts, the yards and hillsides exhausted by five years of drought, certain airy white blossoms punctually reappeared, and dense clusters of pale pink, dark pink— a delicate abundance. They seemed like guests arriving joyfully on the
On December 4, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Dana Gioia as California poet laureate. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and books of literary criticism. He will serve a two-year term.
Alejandro Murguía is San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position. An editor, translator, literary organizer, and prose writer, he is the author of the poetry collections Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014) and Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, 2012), among others.
Mar 02 2017
Poets Dean Rader (Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry) and Dana Levin (Banana Palace) present their new collections from Copper Canyon Press. Wine and sparkling water will be served.
About Dean Rader’s Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry:
In Dean Rader’s newest work, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, the narrator considers the self and society as a Wikipedia page—forever unfinished, sculpted, and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and American’s fluctuating national identity. Rader’s innovative voice is full of humor and inquiry, inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.
Praise for Dean Rader:
“…few poets capture the contradictions of our national life with as much sensitivity or keenness.” —Publishers Weekly
Dean Rader’s collections include Works & Days (2010) and Landscape Portrait Figure Form, (Omnidawn, 2014). Rader’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry. He is the editor of the 2014 anthology 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poems (99: The Press). Rader writes about literature, culture and politics regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post. He is professor of English at the University of San Francisco.
About Dana Levin’s Banana Palace:
In her fourth collection, Banana Palace, Dana Levin confronts the deep anxieties of our age with bemusement, incredulity, outrage, and hope. Observing the crisis of human appetite through the lenses of psychology and science fiction, she’s disquieted at a world “ruled by a bipolar father-god, unconscious, suicidal.”
Praise for Banana Palace:
“Images that are satisfyingly clear…and excitingly inexplicable.” —Robert Pinsky, Washington Post
“The world may seem broken, but these poems don’t convey doom—Levin’s clear, grounded language leaves the reader hopeful in the end.” —Publishers Weekly
Dana Levin’s previous collections include In the Surgical Theatre and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and Poetry. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.
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—& humans walked to the edge of the sand
through a bank of verbena & fog;
they thought they’d never get over
the deaths, but they were starting to. Worry
about money rested in their phones. Talk of
candidates had stalled. Some sang. Grays of
What are you thinking about? I am thinking of an early summer. I am thinking of wet hills in the rain Pouring water. Shedding it Down empty acres of oak and manzanita Down to the old green brush tangled in the sun, Greasewood, sage, and spring mustard. Or the hot wind coming down from Santa Ana Driving