Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. California Interest. Art. RETRIEVALS is a collection of criticism about underrecognized poets, unfairly discredited critics, artists obscured by more famous relations— basically, writers and artists that have fallen off the cultural map or never quite made it there in the first place. These essays, collected for the first time, span 10 years of Garrett Caples' writing as an arts journalist and editor at City Lights. His encyclopedic knowledge of surrealism, art history, and Bay Area artists together with candid and tender anecdotes give his writing a humble charm not often found in works of criticism.
Garrett Caples is the author of LOVER OF TODAY? (Wave Books, forthcoming 2021), POWER BALLADS (Wave Books, 2016), Complications (2007), and The Garrett Caples Reader (1999), a collection of outtakes, The Rise & Fall of Johnny Volume (2020), and a bilingual selection, Noches Ap�tridas (Unstated Nights, 2019). He's also written a book of essays, RETRIEVALS (Wave Books, 2014), and a pamphlet, Quintessence of the Minor (2010). He's the editor of Philip Lamantia's PRESERVING FIRE (Wave Books, 2018), Samuel Greenberg's Poems from the Greenberg MSS (2019), and Michael McClure's MULE KICK BLUES and Last Poems (2021), as well as the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013), Particulars of Place (2015) by Richard O. Moore, Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems (2016) by Frank Lima, and Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader (2019). He is an editor at City Lights Books, where he curates the Spotlight Poetry Series. He has a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in San Francisco.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA