Poetry. In 1961 Jack Spicer wrote: "It is not unfair to say that a city is a collection of humans. Human beings. In their municipal trust they sit together in cities. They talk together in cities. They form groups. Even when they do not form groups they sit alone together in cities." In 2004 Stephanie Young was given her assignment: to convene a collection of writing by Bay Area poets. The long-anticipated results are in, all 432 pages of them. A precedent-breaking anthology, BAY POETICS goes to the outer limits of "local" and "poetry," ranging as it does from Napa Valley to Santa Cruz and including poems, essays, lists, short fiction, walking tour reports, manifestoes and all points in between. An experiment in 21st century landscape portraiture you won't want to miss.
Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA
Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland. She edited the anthology BAY POETICS (Faux Press, 2006) and is currently at work on the collaborative website Deep Oakland. Her books of poetry are PICTURE PALACE (ingirumimusnocteetcomsumimurigni, 2008) and TELLING THE FUTURE OFF (Tougher Disguises, 2005).
Reviews and Other Links
Reading Bay Poetics blog