Norma Cole with Steve Dickison: An Omnidawn Party
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
celebrating the release of two new books of poetry from Omnidawn Press
by Norma Cole
by Steve Dickison
about Fate News:
All timing all the time! Fate News is poetry in the crosshairs of action (kairos) and clock time (chronos). With a topical setlist in four sections, "Local," "On-Going," "Stay Songs," and "Harmolodics," Fate News relentlessly pierces the surface of lyric gesture. Its osmotic exchanges and searching encounters vibrate with the clarity of fiercely delicate shouts and murmurs, undertones and overtones. The vision of "Mount Fiasco" is on fire.
Norma Cole is a poet, translator, and visual artist. Her books of poetry include Actualities, Where Shadows Will, and Win These Poster and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. To Be At Music: Essays & Talks appeared in 2010. Her visual work has been shown at 2nd floor projects in San Francisco and the Berkeley Art Museum. Born in Toronto, Canada, Cole lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.
about Inside Song :
These poems sense music as a generative force, always gone other ways than culture and commerce need and declare it to travel. Half the book (Zora Neale Hurston) obliquely teases out the practice of "fieldwork" as the study of "getting into the crowd," and half follows from Charlie Haden's deployment of "liberation music" as communitarian voice in the face of acts of State targeted at peoples and persons.
Steve Dickison teaches at San Francisco State University, where he directs The Poetry Center. His work has appeared in SFMOMA's Open Space, BAX 2015: Best American Experimental Poetry, and Bomb, which awarded him the 2014 Poetry Prize. He was born and raised in Northern Minnesota.
Omnidawn Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks to support and expand the community of writers and readers through the work we choose to publish, which questions, in both form and content, the prevailing limits of convention. Omnidawn began in 2001 with the intent is to explore internal and external boundaries and push, with compassionate insight, the limits of risk. At the core of Omnidawn's mission is the belief that lively, culturally pertinent, emotionally and intellectually engaging literature can be of great value, and they participate in the dissemination of such work.