Discounted copies of THE SHUNT, now back in print

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The new printing came back with the last three pages mussed up, so am offering copies for $8 (shipping included), along with a personalized errata slip. Contact me at dbuuck @ mindspring dot com or paypal me directly at that email.

Blurbs & Reviews:

The Shunt provocatively explores one of our most ordinary experiences of social discomfort—embarrassment for the flailing comedian and his all too visible affective labor—in a strikingly intelligent and utterly heartbreaking way. For all its acerbic tonality, The Shunt’s affective agenda is thus the exact opposite of ironic cynicism, which is one of this brilliantly discomforting book’s most delightful surprises.

— Sianne Ngai

With its stutters, fractures, puns, sarcasms, and ironies, The Shunt is part of a cluster of books recently written by US poets attempting to understand what it means to live in a country that is constantly bombing other countries. But with its relentless attention to the group psychosis that this state of siege induces in US citizens, The Shunt is also something sui generis. This is your brain on war.

— Juliana Spahr

Stuttering, hemming, hawing, failing, flailing, and flopping, the comedian tries to coerce the narrative ideology of wartime into a punch line, but the punch is always awready pre-packed by Big Brother’s Big Other. As Beckett almost observed, nothing is funnier (or sadder, depending on your tolerance for correct allegorical apprehension of permanent crisis) than someone trying repeatedly to slip on a flipping banana peel and getting shut down every time. The Shunt puts the “tic Alpo” back in “political poetry.” — K. Silem Mohammad 

 Review by Stan Apps at Jacket2

Review by Craig Santos Perez

TRAMMEL @ MILK BAR : MARCH 23 & 30

20140305_212746_resizedTRAMMEL

a performance-installation by Abby Crain & David Buuck

with Tom Comitta, Lara Durback, Olive McKeon, & Sophia Wang

music by Samuel Hertz

Sundays March 23 & March 30

5-8 pm (come and go anytime between 445-730)

at the Milk Bar

851C 81st Ave @ San Leandro, Oakland  / Directions

TRAMMEL is a durational performance which explores the work of real-time documentation of live movement as it unfolds over time. The work comes out of an ongoing collaboration between dancer/choreographer Abby Crain and writer/performer David Buuck, its current manifestation engaged with the architecture and “rehearsal aesthetics” of their Milk Bar Projects Room residency. You are invited to arrive at the Milk Bar Project Room anytime during the performance, as it will be unfolding and accreting over three hours each Sunday.

“So Much Depends” @ Floor

new work from We Do the Polis @ Floor ….

*An Army of Lovers* now available

An Army of Lovers, by Juliana Spahr & David Buuck, is now out from City Lights

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upcoming readings:

10/3-5 @ the Poetry and/or Revolution Conference, Santa Cruz/Davis/Berkeley

10/10 @ City Lights Bookstore, 7pm

10/15 @ Radar/Litquake, San Francisco Public Library, 6pm

10/18 @ General Idea, Philadelphia, 7pm

10/20 @ DC Arts Center, Washington, DC, 3pm

Beyond Oakland: Politics & Poetics: Aug. 10-11

Beyond Oakland
featuring Cecily Nicholson (Vancouver), Anne Boyer (Kansas City), Marie Buck (Detroit), and Michael Nardone (Montreal).

AUGUST 10 AND 11.
Not simply a conference, or a celebration of community, or a presumed politics, or the proper poetry, but a collective investigation of how poets have moved with and through the various militant actions of the last few years in places outside of Oakland. So an attempt to forge new solidarities across different cities, nations, and poetic & political a
practices. What has worked in these other locations? What can we learn from each other as militant activists, cultural workers, poets? What sort of writing might yet be written?

August 10 @ 1 @ Public School, 2141 Broadway, Oakland
http://thepublicschool.org/node/35162
talks
This venue is accessible.

August 10 @ 7 @ David Buuck’s, Oakland
readings; byob please
This venue has a flight of stairs.

August 11 @ 1 @ 2127 Blake Street
discussions with food
This venue has a half flight of stairs.

There are links to related readings and videos for suggested perusing, as well as more info, at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-Oakland/244793252312195

sponsored by ‘A ‘A Arts and Tripwire

New work in Brooklyn Rail

from We Do the Polis in Different Voices, July-Aug 2013 issue just out — 

Recent Audio & Video

From the Poetry & Revolution Conference, Birbeck College, London, May 2012:

“Radio Poetry Birbeck” w Mark Nowak & Joan Retallack, hosted by Will Rowe & Stephen Mooney

“We Are All Sound: Poetics & Public Space in Occupy Oakland” (panel paper)

And:

excerpts from “So Much Depends” @ Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, June 2013

Abby Crain/LOOK, “What we are doing when we remember what we are doing” @ Kunst-toff Arts, SF, Jan 2013 

Abby Crain/LOOK, “This is nothing new. These are some things we are chewing on, and this time you can watch” @ the Garage, SF, Dec 2011