Hey Friends! It's been a while, but this is my new book, FAMILIAR. If you click on the cover it'll take you to the Pickpocket Books site where it's now available for pre-order. I've been working on this book for the last three years, and I'm so excited for people to get to read it. Following this paragraph is a description of the book and a couple more pictures to give you a sense of it. I really hope you'll check it out.
FAMILIAR is a joyous obliteration of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" (via the Spanish version of the poem by the 20th Century anti-fascist poet and critic Leon Felipe) to make an entirely new poem that revels in the dissonances we face and the responsibilities we have to one another. Part deliberate mistranslation, part phoenix from the flames, part mosh pit of angles and angels and sleep, the poem is personal, familial, familiar and strange--wooly with possibility and awe/full reoccurrence. It asks how to live and what to do in the turbulence and summons of our time, and what it proposes as an answer is a creative process of ever more radical inclusion and open-heartedness: "If you crash through the world of this life without love, you'll have zilch to contribute when you get to the void."