Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:00PM, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
reading from his new book poems
Volume 18 in the City Lights Spotlight Series
Opening reading by John Coletti.
From New York School scion and memoirist, a new book of poems considering domesticity in the heart of the city.
Praise for More Gone:
"There are multi-line riffs during which he works the count, throwing three or four different pitches. The last will look like a fastball, but it's a slider, low and away, and down you go. In simpler compositions he redirects you with subtle shifts of time and context. He includes himself, which gives a poem its worth. A vulnerable and movingly confident self. He impresses with deep impressions."––John Godfrey
"The language employed in Edmund Berrigan's More Gone infuses itself on the lateral plane, variegated as it is by glints from particulars that rely 'on sensory input to motion.'"––Will Alexander
"Edmund Berrigan's poems may be 'more gone,' but they are also more here. 'Anxious, patient and sentient,' they happen at an intimate core of self, family, community, and world, webbing out in all our neighboring shades and activities of being, where experience glitches and knits. They are rollercoastery, beautiful, knowing, revelatory, and real."––Eleni Sikelianos
Edmund Berrigan is the author of two books of poetry, Disarming Matter (Owl Press, 1999) and Glad Stone Children (Farfalla, 2008), and a memoir, Can It! (Letter Machine Editions, 2013). He is editor of The Selected Poems of Steve Carey (Sub Press, 2009), and is co-editor with Anselm Berrigan and Alice Notley of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2005) and The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California, 2010). He records and performs music as I Feel Tractor, and lives in Brooklyn.
John Coletti grew up in Santa Rosa, California, and Portland, Oregon. He is the author of the poetry collections Deep Code (City Lights Publishers, 2014) and Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books, 2010) and the chapbooks Same Enemy Rainbow (Fewer and Further Press, 2008) and Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs, 2005). He coedits Open 24 Hours Press and lives in New York City.
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