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
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.
new work from We Do the Polis @ Floor ….
An Army of Lovers, by Juliana Spahr & David Buuck, is now out from City Lights
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
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
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:
sponsored by ‘A ‘A Arts and Tripwire
from We Do the Polis in Different Voices, July-Aug 2013 issue just out —