[Local events] FWD: Reminder, book launch Sunday 8/3

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Tue Jul 29 12:33:06 PDT 2008


Portland book launch for

/Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space/

by Jules Boykoff & Kaia Sand


Sunday, August 3
4:00 pm

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Free admission

http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780978926243-0


Public space is a showground for social relations and power dynamics,
and much of this space is inscribed with language. Documenting four
cases across the United States --- Poetry Is Public Art (PIPA) (New York),
Poet Activist Community Extension (PACE) (Philadelphia), Agit-Truth
Collective (Portland), and Sidewalk Blogger (Honolulu) --- /Landscapes of
Dissent/ investigates how contemporary poets in the United States are
attempting to politicize public space by strategically inserting signs
and broadsides into the public sphere in an effort to re-appropriate,
reclaim, and resist. Sometimes passersby become collaborative authors,
as they deface or destroy the poetry, thereby entering into a public
conversation where competing claims are recorded. While
neoliberal-driven privatization pulls more and more public space into
its vortex, these collaborative, micro-political transgressions
challenge values that trend toward commercialism and legibility, instead
asserting language that attempts to resist commodification.


"/Landscapes of Dissent/ is a prolegomenon toward a new topoiesis--the
creation of a new topos, a new place. This book brings forth not only
the discussion of several practices of disensual use of consensual
("public") space, but also gives away ideas & insights about what takes
place thanks to a poetry that makes space in a polis made diapolis.
Reading this book I found myself feeling an unknown political emotion
that prompts my passive reader to become a reader ready to engage
(again) the streets--energized by this discussion in which writing is
hope & hope is action. Make it public!" ---Heriberto Yépez


*****

Kaia Sand authored the poetry collection /interval/ (Edge Books 2004),
selected as a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year. She created a dusie
kollektiv (_www.dusie.org_) chapbook for her poem /tiny arctic ice/,
which was re-configured as a broadside by Bowerbox Press and as an
artist book by Jim Dine. She is creating multi-media investigations of
political histories lodged in Pacific Northwest of the United States, as
well as a series of poems collaged from dystopic documents. Sand
co-edits the Tangent Press (www.thetangentpress.org).

Jules Boykoff is the author of /Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of
Dissent in the United States/ (AK Press, 2007), /The Suppression of
Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social
Movements /(Routledge, 2006), and /Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge
/(Edge Books, 2006). He co-curates the Tangent Reading Series in
Portland, Oregon with Rodney Koeneke and Kaia Sand.


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