An Evening with Anselm Berrigan and Norma Cole
Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 7:00 P.M., San Francisco, City Lights Bookstore

Anselm Berrigan

celebrates the release of

Free Cell

published by City Lights Books 

The second installment of the City Lights Spotlight poetry series, Free Cell is the latest collection from Anselm Berrigan, one of the most significant American poets under 40. Consisting of two experimental suites—"Have a Good One" and "To Hell with Sleep"—connected by the central poem "Let Us Sample Protection Together," Free Cell is Berrigan's most ambitious work to date, a spiritual autobiography wrapped in an exploration of form. His work combines the freneticism of his New York environment with oblique humor, political angst, and a reflective, lyrical interrogation of his own subjectivity: "For my part it's/ been an honor/ to be at someone's/ service, though doing/ so has diminished/ my expiration date/ and my astral self-/ projection has already/ fled in bitter tears/ having used up even addiction."

and Norma Cole reads from Where Shadows Will

The first installment of our new Spotlight poetry series, Where Shadows Will selects from twenty years of innovative writing by Bay Area poet, translator, and visual artist Norma Cole. Beginning with her earliest collection, Mace Hill Remap (1988), and taking us up through her recent NATURAL LIGHT (2008), Where Shadows Will is a comprehensive overview of Cole's melodic and experimental poetry, whose shadow-haunted landscapes embody a theory-informed exploration of the relationship between language, self, and world. By turns severe and exuberant, Where Shadows Will confirms Cole's place as a major avant-garde poet and a leading voice among contemporary innovative women writers.

 


Books related to this event:

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Free Cell
City Lights Spotlight No. 2
Anselm Berrigan
2009 Edition
The second volume in the City Lights Spotlight series—experimental poems by innovative New York poet and former St. Mark's Poetry Project director.


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Where Shadows Will
Selected Poems 1988-2008; City Lights Spotlight No. 1
Norma Cole
2009 Edition
First volume of the City Lights Spotlight series: selected poems by a major avant-garde poet.