Poetry. California Interest. THE NEXT CRYSTAL TEXT connects the glittering consumption of gems to the brutal exploitation of their production, undermining our cultural myths of beauty, wealth, and the feminine. These multiform poems accrete language from geology and political resistance into a faceted amalgam that's completely original. Dazzling and various, it both mimics and critiques the intricacy of global capitalist systems.
Melissa Mack is a poet. She lives in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in journals (Elderly, The Capilano Review, Try!, With+Stand), anthologies (Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, What We Want: A List of Our Fucking Demands), a chapbook, Includes All Strangers (Hooke Press, 2013), Poet's Theater (Debt: A Play, with Lara Durback, Lauren Levin, and Anne Lesley Selcer), at the Alette in Oakland Conference, and at many public readings. Her life is structured by a day job, multiple study groups, showing up at protests, reading tarot, and going on walks with her friends. She aspires to live in a world where everyone has their needs met and human creativity can flower in whatever directions it wishes without being manipulated or devoured by capitalism.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA