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Works of Radical Imagination

Michael Lally at Green Arcade

December08 at Green Arcade in San Francisco, California

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Michael Lally will read from and sign his new book ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY: Poems 1960-2017.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

From a '60s-era verse letter to John Coltrane to a 2017 examination of Life After Trump, Another Way to Play collects more than a half century of engaged, accessible, and deeply felt poetry from a writer both iconoclastic and embedded in the American tradition. In the vein of William Carlos Williams and Frank O'Hara, Lally eschews formality in favor of a colloquial idiom that pops straight from the page into the reader's synapses. This is the definitive collection of verse from a poet who has been around the world and back again: verse from the streets, from the the political arena, from Hollywood, from the depths of the underground, and from everywhere in between. Lally is not a poet of any one school or style, but a poet of his own inner promptings. Whether casual, impassioned, or ironic, his words are unmistakably his own. Here is a poet who can hold two opposed ideas in mind simultaneously, and fuse them, with pathos and humor, into his own idiosyncratic verbal art. As Lally himself writes: "I suffered, I starved, and so did my kids, / I did what I did for poetry I thought / and I never sold out, and even when I did / nobody bought."

December08, 7.30pm

The Green Arcade Books Ideas Goods, 1680 Market St
San Francisco, California 94102 United States