Poetry. YESTERDAY'S NEWS, the second full-length book from Taylor Brady, notates the year 2003, offering one poem a day for that violence-ridden year. Not entirely "poems against the war" (though not not that), these are poems up against the war, testing against that limit the scattered prospects for a daily life of love and sex, work, the Oakland school system, insects, infants, Sun Ra, Melville, container shipping and the fossil record. In these poems, the open question is whether a poet who is the subject of empire can speak anything besides the imperial decree: "It seems / the digging in drives engines of/siege, not the reverse, no matter how / you beep with crisis rolling back."
Taylor Brady lives in San Francisco. He is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently OCCUPATIONAL TREATMENT (Atelos, 2006), and YESTERDAY'S NEWS (Factory School, 2005). He is the co-author with Rob Halpern of SNOW SENSITIVE SKIN (2007, Atticus Finch; reissued in 2011 in an expanded edition by Displaced Press). He is active in the Nonsite Collective, and has recently edited the collected essays of Will Alexander for forthcoming publication. Author City: USA