by David Booth
Poems about love, marriage, aging, sickness, mortality, parents, trauma, pandemic, racism, sexism, roses, typography, murder, technology, God, and at least one time capsule
Pub date: Nov 16, 2020
Pub date: May 21, 2021
Poems about love, marriage, aging, sickness, mortality, parents, trauma, pandemic, racism, sexism, roses, typography, murder, technology, God, and at least one time capsule.
David Booth uses a variety of forms and genres in this collection, and he paints a picture that is both real and literary of life in his native city of San Francisco. There are shelter-in-place friends, lovers, caretakers, Puck, sixth graders, grandmothers, Harry Hay, a sacred pedestrian, and Gilda Radner. In a poem imagining Bach as a little boy, he describes a piece of music as “sometimes solemn, sometimes joyous, often times ardent and always tumbling humanity,” an apt description for the lyrical writing throughout the book.
David Booth is a high school humanities teacher and a poet. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife Ingrid Hawkinson. His work has appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Washington Square, The Missouri Review, Fourteen Hills, and the Farallon Review. The M.I.T. Press published his nonfiction book Peer Participation and Government: What Mozilla Has to Teach Government.