Poetry. In this brilliant meditation on urban space and our place(s) within it, Samantha Giles confronts head on the question of 'what is to be done?" "Start with a circle or something like it. Fear maybe. Circle as a symbol for the whole." Through a shifting, multilayered account structured around the 148 murders that occurred in Oakland in 2006, Giles takes us deep into the core of a set of urban contradictions and the subjectivities produced by them and begins the necessary work of asking where we might start to find a somewhere else. "A gall is a symbol. A tricky agreement with allegory. The gall operates as a symbol to the plant. Is this text a plant or a gall?"
Samantha Giles grew up in an industrial section of Santa Monica, California, and currently lives in the flatlands of Oakland, California. Giles is the author of TOTAL RECALL (Krupskaya, 2019), as well as HURDIS ADDO (Displaced Press, 2011) and DEADFALLS AND SNARES (Futurepoem, 2014), both of which won CA Conrad's Sexiest Poem in the years they were published. She was a Headlands Center for the Arts Resident in 2017.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA