Poetry. SOMEONE'S UTOPIA is about work and the mystery of making. The book's spectral labor is a séance. Readers may hear echoes of Alice Notley and Lorine Niedecker, punctuated by the table-rapping of the invisible hand of capitalism, as they witness the (un)making of the familiar world. Drawing from a wide range of sources—including interviews with contemporary workers and journals from members of a utopian 19th century community—Hall yokes the often unspoken, generational labor of hands and collective dreams to words. Hall connects global histories of migration, laborers losing themselves on conveyor belts, nineteenth century zealots, and poets planting roses in industrial greenhouses to unmask the invisible material and ideological labor that prepares the world for us.
Joe Hall lives in the border city of Buffalo, NY. He has performed in 41 cities, 25 states, Washington, DC, and Canada and is a founding member of Hostile Books, a small press committed to radical materiality. His poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Gulf Coast, HTMLGIANT, Octopus, Hayden's Ferry Review, Versal and elsewhere. His books include SOMEONE'S UTOPIA (Black Ocean, 2018), THE DEVOTIONAL POEMS (Black Ocean, 2013), PIGAFETTA IS MY WIFE (Black Ocean, 2010) and, with Chad Hardy, THE CONTAINER STORE (SpringGun Press, 2012). Author City: BUFFALO, NY USA