Tongo Eisen-Martin
Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 8:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

celebrating the release of

Number 61 in the Pocket Poets Series

Heaven Is All Goodbyes published by City Lights Books.

"The tesseraic language of Tongo Eisen Martin's Heaven Is All Goodbyes brings a new, shared articulation to the intricacies and interconnections of grief and life, speech and site, state and inhabitant, violence and landscape. Here, polyvocal assemblages gather and revolt against our 'porcelain epoch / succeeding for the most part / dying for the most part / married for the most part to its death.' This is resistance as sound."––Claudia Rankine

Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, someone's dead already, and his poetry has been featured in Harper's Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, "We Charge Genocide Again!" has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country.


Books related to this event:

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Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Pocket Poets Series No. 61
Tongo Eisen-Martin
due out in September 2017
The much-awaited second book by a truly revolutionary poet, in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, Allen Ginsberg, and Audre Lorde.