• <strong>It's night in San Francisco<br /> but it's sunny in Oakland</strong>
  • <strong>It's night in San Francisco<br /> but it's sunny in Oakland</strong>

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    but it's sunny in Oakland

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    Perfect Bound
    240 pages, 5.25" x 7.75"

    Publication Date: 4 July 2014
    ISBN: 978-1-937421-05-2
    Distribution: SPD

     

    What gathers here is a snapshot of a poetic moment. This anthology-not-anthology is a candid flash of the ever-evolving politics, relationships and forms that make up the particular experience of poetry, right [now], in Oakland. The anthology is 60 contemporary East Bay poets in a post Occupy house reading that never ends. 

     

    Poets (in order of appearance):

    Amy Berkowitz
    Zoe Tuck
    Joshua Clover
    Andrew Kenower
    Jackqueline Frost
    Juliana Spahr
    David Brazil
    Taylor Brady
    Zoe Addison
    Ted Rees
    Garin Hay
    Cosmo Spinosa
    Kate Robinson
    Nicholas Komodore
    Zach Houston
    Marianne Morris
    Elaine Kahn
    Cheena Marie Lo
    Carrie Hunter
    Tom Comitta
    Olive Blackburn
    Bill Luoma
    David Buuck
    Rex Leonowicz
    Lucy Tiven
    Maya Weeks
    Anne Lesley Selcer
    Samantha Giles
    Laura Woltag
    Alli Warren
    Alana Siegel
    Steve Orth
    Brandon Brown
    Sara Larsen
    Lara Durback
    Lindsey Boldt
    Otis Pig
    Paul Ebenkamp
    Michael Cross
    Jasper Bernes
    Sara Wintz
    Mg Roberts
    Andrea Abi-Karam
    Zach Ozma
    Oki Sogumi
    Jennifer Williams
    Justin Carder
    Steffi Drewes
    Tinker Greene
    Turner Capehart Canty
    Madison Davis
    Brittany Billmeyer-Finn
    Erika Staiti
    Emji Spero
    Tessa Micaela
    Stephanie Young
    Stephen Novotny
    Nico Peck
    Ivy Johnson
    Zack Haber

     

    Praise for ...but it's sunny in Oakland:  

    Rumor has it Oakland is a place, but I can say with some certainty it is also a time. It outwaits empire in alleys and corners, counting negation upon its fingers, refusing to show its face to what surveils. The walls speak—underpasses, too, and its literature says some things we were thinking, like, for Oakland, elsewhere is also temporal. The futureless future requires a multitude for laureate. This anthology is that multitude’s germ.

    Anne Boyer, author of My Common Heart

     

    When visiting I sleep less in the East Bay, it’s the poets, wanting to be around them as much as possible. Their poems free me from the known. It’s sudden that realization of how old templates won’t work here, the magic of building the pipeline manifold into poetry. Have you ever paused to be grateful for the generations you get to witness? Me too, it’s all about this book. This is what family looks like.

    CAConrad, author of ECODEVIANCE

     

    I left the Bay Area and then the revolution happened. So what do I know? It’s night in San Francisco but it’s sunny in Oakland is a weird orchestra experience or a way to peer into sustained struggles with language. Every few pages provide laser beam eyes into notebooks inside pockets of those at a house reading blurring into a protest. Reading this book, I feel a longing to be a part of the place where the writing first gets transmitted.

    Ariel Goldberg, author of Picture Cameras

     

    What would it mean to take a snapshot of a large and various literary milieu after a moment of intense activism and struggle? It’s night in San Francisco but it’s sunny in Oakland includes a fair amount of post/Occupy poems, but also writings which channel the historical exigencies of Bay Area poetics—from SF Renaissance, through Beat, New Narrative, Lang Po, and less identifiable movements and genealogies. Many of these poems remind us that we are in a time after ‘the event’ in which life inevitably goes on, and more reflective modalities concerning the care for self and the sustainability of certain community dynamics and friendships set in. The heterogeneity of practices speaks less to a ‘movement’ or inclusive community than an ecology in which divergent practices can complement and support one another, gathering instead around the problem of how one might continue to struggle, plan, and study collectively—in anticipation of events to come.

    Thom Donovan, editor at Wild Horses of Fire

     

    To open. To give. A circuit that shatters nothing, in a good way. Voided, elaborate. What kind of book is this, that—as Samuel Delany once said: “touches itself everywhere at once.” He was talking about a fold. A book folded to this degree. In this way, I write a note of support for an anthology that entangles and depletes other ideas of what the anthology might be. In a good way.

    Bhanu Kapil, Author of Ban en Banlieue