RIVER SMITH & TONY TRIGILIO AT MAC'S BACKS
Poets River Smith and Tony Trigilio will read at Mac's on March 7 at 7 p.m.
From the streets of Cleveland to the hills of Palestine, from Babi Yar to Wounded Knee, from Vietnam lies to U. S. sponsored Iraqi torture chambers, from the training grounds for domestic violence and rape to the slaughterhouses of America, Rebel poet River Smith tells the stories of pain, survival, and Loving Revolution through political prose and powerful, inspiring poetry. This book may inspire you. This book may annoy you. Either way, it won't be a book you'll forget.
Locked up at sixteen because the judge wanted to see what that would do to wipe the smile from his face, River Smith has gone from street fights, juvenile court injustice, and solitary confinement to the poet's platform, the professor's lectern, and the activists' microphone. His first poem was published while he was failing high school English. Within ten years, over one hundred of is poems had been published in newspapers, literary journals, and movement magazines. River is an experienced spoken word artist who has performed his work in venues all over the country.
Tony Trigilio is the author and editor of 12 books, including, most recently, Ghosts of the Upper Floor (BlazeVOX [books]), the third volume of The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). His books of poetry include White Noise (Apostrophe Books) and Historic Diary (BlazeVOX [books]), among others. His selected poems, Fuera del Taller del Cosmos, was published in Guatemala by Editorial Poe (translated by Bony Hernández). He is also the editor of Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press) and the author of the critical monograph Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics (Southern Illinois University Press). Trigilio coedits the journal Court Green and is an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly. He lives in Chicago.