Poetry. "In LIZARD, Rosenthal explores the creaturely membranes that lie between the known-social and the unknown-social. When racified nations, nationified peoples, and "self-evident" identities of every make threaten to squash the efflorescence of Life's lusty reach toward the stars, LIZARD is born and scampers about. But Rosenthal's sense of Fable eschews morals and maxims in favor of claiming a terrain from which the Para-Human can come into being. Slowly, tentatively, and then brashly, LIZARD begins to obverse the world (while keenly observed herself). The resulting Kabbalistic strokes are as patently hilarious as they are intelligently perplexing. This is bone instructive poetry. I love it."—Rodrigo Toscano
Sarah Rosenthal is the author of MANHATTEN (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) as well as several chapbooks including Estelle Meaning Star (above/ground, 2014), disperse (Dusie, 2014), The Animal (in collaboration with artist Amy Fung-yi Lee, Dusie, 2011), How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a +bend, 2000), and not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998). She edited A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Poets of the Bay Area (Dalkey Archive, 2010). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as ELEVEN ELEVEN, Sidebrow, ZEN MONSTER, Otoliths, eccolinguistics, textsound, and Little Red Leaves, and is anthologized in KINDERGARDE: AVANT-GARDE POEMS, PLAYS, AND STORIES FOR CHILDREN (Black Radish, 2013), Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim (P-Queue, 2008), BAY POETICS (Faux, 2006), THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POSTCARD (City Lights, 2004), and hinge (Crack, 2002). Her essays and interviews have appeared in journals such as Jacket, Denver Quarterly, Rain Taxi, NEW AMERICAN WRITING, and How2. She is the recipient of the Leo Litwak Fiction Award, a Creative Capacity Innovation Grant, a San Francisco Education Fund Grant, and grant-supported writing residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Soul Mountain, and Ragdale. From 2009-2011 she was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts. She is a Life & Professional Coach and serves on the California Book Awards poetry jury.
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA