Oakland - Poetry Reading with Jennifer Foerster and Shane Book
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes local poets Jennifer Foerster and Shane Book to the store to read from their books Leaving Tulsa and Ceiling of Sticks on Wednesday, June 19th at 7pm.
Leaving Tulsa is 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. Each poem builds on a theme of searching for a lost "self" — an "other" America — that crosses biblical, tribal, and ecological mythologies.
Ceiling of Sticks, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, bears elegiac witness to the effects of global politics on individual lives. The poems carry us to Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Trinidad, and Canada’s west coast; from a religious sacrifice in Tarahumara, Mexico, to Book’s ailing grandfather’s bedside. They bring an intimate vision of humanity to scenes of inhuman atrocity and suffering; a moment of clarity and empathy to individuals overwhelmed by war or other man-made catastrophes.
Jennifer Foerster was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and is widely published in journals and anthologies. Leaving Tulsa is her first poetry collection. Shane Book was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He has won numerous awards, such as the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, a National Magazine Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize.