Poetry. California Interest. "Irresistible and ebullient as your Saturday plans look midweek, John Sakkis' MIRROR MAGIC is a reflective and necromantic gathering that gives back what it asks of a day lived both online and off the wall: 'please leave / this sweet light / and render me / phosphorescent tubeway splatter genome.' Sakkis' spunky challenge to the popular poetics of our time (stuffed armor or ardor) make me wonder what Cocteau might be up to in the 21st Century; maybe directing straight-to-VHS skater videos, scanning the Bay's convex parking bumpers for the myth of the perfect ollie. ''The millennium' is a confusing term / and you are a headless oracle mumbling / 'this generation shall not pass / directly or indirectly / into the abyss.' With grime and pop and savvy, these poems' tricks grind along the silver internet's omnipresences, a gleaming cube of instruction and wise-assed possibility. Enter here, into Sakkis' 'kinky time warp,' a humid mirror where humor and found magic are the blades for the body to open through."—Andrew Peterson
John Sakkis's books include MIRROR MAGIC (Roof Books, 2020), NIKE+, Psychopomp, RAVE ON! (BOTH BOTH Books,2016), THE ISLANDS (Nightboat Books, 2014), and RUDE GIRL (BlazeVox books, 2009), as well as numerous chapbooks and ephemera. From 2005- 2015 he edited BOTH BOTH, a little magazine of poetry. With Angelos Sakkis, he has translated five books by Athenian poet Demosthenes Agrafiotis, including Maribor which won the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Poetry In Translation. He was born, raised and lives in the East Bay Area.
Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA