Poetry. WATER & POWER was the original title of the film Chinatown, referring to the utility department that caused so much devastation to the Owens River: a fitting title for Standard Schaefer's second book and its many thematic overlaps with the film. Schaefer draws on documentary materials, journals, biographies, Hollywood myth and the literature of the American West to describe the landscape and characters of that terrain as quite distinct from the legacy of Walden Pond and its corresponding notions of individualism so prevalent in American culture. Drawing from the music of Charles Mingus, Igor Stravinsky, Frank Zappa, and Willie Nelson, he tries to capture the music on which the landscapes depend. WATER & POWER is a portrait of the American West as seen through CIA satellite photographs accompanied by the music of West Coast Jazz and the European avant-garde composers who took refuge there.
Allyssa Wolf in Octopus
Poet, essayist, and fiction writer, Standard Schafer's first book of poetry NOVA was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and published by Sun & Moon Books. His second book, WATER & POWER, was published by Agincourt in 2005. Desert Notebook was published in Italy and the US in 2008 in limited editions. His poetry has been translated into Italian and anthologized internationally, most recently in Nuova Poesia Americana (Mondadori, 2005) as well as in Vol. 5 of The PIP Anthology of World Poetry of the 20th Century (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2005). He has co-edited several literary and arts journals including Ribot, New Review of Literature, Rhizome, The Feralist and Or. His work has appeared in journals such as Carolina Quarterly, New American Poetry, Aufgabe, Counter Punch and Slope. He has taught writing and literature at Otis College of Art (Los Angeles)and California College of the Arts (San Francisco). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and daughter. Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA