Poetry. LATE HUMAN is a collection of tragi-comic poems on lateness, belatedness, Weltschmerz, and borrowing (with a nod to Ernest Mandel's 1975 tome on the twilight of capitalism). The human of the title is multiple, personal, and drenched in the tears of the 21st century. Cracked children's rhymes lead onto an ethnography that takes Helen Mirren's first film appearance as seriously as Moby Dick. At the volume's center, three laments honor the "realism / that would send anyone to spasm," a sentiment that crests in the book's title poem before alighting, provisionally, in "Early Bird"—its dawn chorus.
Jean Day is a poet, academic editor, and union activist whose involvement in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene spans more than four decades. Starting out as a book-wrapper/clerk for Small Press Distribution and later its director, she has since worked in various roles in nonprofit publishing. She is the author of ten collections of poetry, including LATE HUMAN, THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE, and DAYDREAM. She lives in Berkeley.