Poetry Flash celebrating "Far Out: Poems of the 60s"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of Poetry Flash on Sunday, January 29th at 3pm in celebration of Far Out: Poems of the '60s. The participating readers will be Judith Arcana, Chana Bloch, Lucille Lang Day, Sandra Gilbert, and Kathleen Winter.
Poetry Flash readings are wheelchair accessible; ASL interpreters may be requested one week in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Poetryflash.org for more events and reviews!
Far Out: Poems of the '60s features poems from seventy-eight writers, including work from several past poets laureate of the U.S. and several U.S. states, as well as iconic cultural figures, who remember that tumultuous decade from a wide range of vantage points. This collection covers the most important themes of the time; protest, civil rights, the counter-culture, drugs, sex, rock & roll, liberation, and the Vietnam War. It brings to life the experiences of people who vividly remember the effects of the assassinations of Medgar Evers, JFK, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, and those who lived through the period of the Vietnam War and the protests against it. Also included are poems from those who experienced the rise of Second-Wave Feminism, the Civil Rights Act and the emergence of the Black Power Movement, as well as the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Judith Arcana’s books include Grace Paley’s Life Stories, A Literary Biography, the poetry collection What if Your Mother, and poetry chapbooks 4th Period English, The Parachute Jump Effect, and Here From Somewhere Else. Announcements from the Planetarium, a new poetry book, is forthcoming this year.
Chana Bloch is a poet and translator, whose new Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2015 includes poems from her four previous books, The Secrets of the Tribe, The Past Keeps Changing, Mrs. Dumpty, and Blood Honey. She is co-translator of the biblical Song of Songs and of the Israeli poets Yehuda Amichai and Dalia Ravikovitch.
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Sandra Gilbert is a poet and critic who co-authored the acclaimed book of feminist criticism, The Madwoman in the Attic, and other critical volumes. Most recent of her eight poetry collections is Aftermath. Her prose books include Wrongful Death, Death’s Door, Rereading Women, and The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity. She is co-editor of Eating Words, A Norton Anthology of Food Writing.
Kathleen Winter is the author of the poetry collection Nostalgia for the Criminal Past. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The New Republic, Field, The Cincinnati Review and other journals. Her awards include fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia G. Piper Center, and the Prague Summer Program. Winter lives with her husband in Sonoma County, California, and teaches writing at the University of San Francisco.