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José Gutiérrez + Dean Rader
May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A World Less Away is a honeycomb, blackbox, dream codex and memory palace. These poems traffic in the interstices of our lives where the quotidian is imbued with meaning and hums with metaphysical unrest. By turns existential, surreal and elegiac, the poems in this collection take swerves that are sure to transport the reader to the oneiric side of reality while never losing sight that “flesh was the first simile/we were given,/to feel, conjure,/never truly inhabit.
José Gutiérrez is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Eratio, Scythe, Margie, Poemeleon, DMQ, Kestrel, Thrush Journal, Jetfuel, Caliban, Gnarled Oak and the anthologies Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent and is forthcoming in Metonym, Public Pool, eleveneleven and Xavier Review, among others. He works as an interpreter and translator in the medical and legal fields in the Bay Area.
Wikipedia articles are never finalized. In Dean Rader’s energized and inventive new book, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, the poet considers identity of self and society as a Wikipedia page — sculpted and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and unseen forces. And, in the case of Rader, how identity can be affected by the likes of Paul Klee’s paintings and the characters from the children’s stories about Frog and Toad. Rader’s cagey voice is full of humor and inquiry, warmly inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.
Born in Oklahoma, Dean Rader has published in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture. He is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco, and writes regularly on literature and politics for The San Francisco Chronicle.