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Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00 AM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore



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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Poets David Brazil and Sara Larsen read from their latest volumes, "Holy Ghost" and "Merry Hell." A Q&A will follow the reading.

At the Co-op

About "Holy Ghost": The third full-length collection from poet-scholar-activist David Brazil, "Holy Ghost" is a hymnal with secular burdens, poured from the mold of our actual life in common, sung against its limits. It seeks a way to find and build a soul together, and records the seekers' findings along the way, proposing love as our common human denominator. A record of the author's struggle to forge a relationship between two distinct vocations-one historical, as an activist (with Occupy Oakland, among other projects), and one spiritual, as he explores the path of radical Christian discipleship (in his life as a pastor)-"Holy Ghost" attempts to articulate an understanding of where class struggle meets the will of God.

About "Merry Hell": In "Merry Hell," Helen of Troy exposes the "misogynist spell" of the traditional (patriarchal) narrative that condemns her for the horrors of the Trojan War and insists "LET ME TELL YOU ALL THE TRUTH OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME". As it happened, Helen is neither abducted by nor runs off in love with Paris, but rejects Empire and leaves Sparta of her own volition. Helen's story, a heroine's journey, is interwoven with circumstances surrounding the Pétroleuse, or women incendiaries, of the 1871 Paris Commune as well as those of Occupy Oakland. As Ezra Pound states, "All eras are contemporaneous in the mind."

About David Brazil: David Brazil is a pastor and translator. His third book of poetry, Holy Ghost (City Lights, 2017), was a finalist for the California Book Award. Previous volumes include "The Ordinary" (Compline, 2013) and "antisocial patience" (Roof, 2015). He lives in
Oakland, California.

About Sara Larsen: Sara Larsen is a poet living in Oakland. She is the author of "Merry Hell" (Atelos, 2016). Her previous book is "All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous" (Printing Press, 2014). She is also the author of chapbooks "Riot Cops en route to Troy" and "The Hallucinated," among others. From 2008-2011, she co-edited TRY magazine with David Brazil.