Celebrating Alli Warren’s Here Come the Warm Jets

Alli Warren’s  Here Come the Warm Jets is the latest release in the City Lights Spotlight Series

with a Special Appearance by Spotlight Poetry Editor Garrett Caples reading from his new chapbook, Invisible Sleep

Charged with swagger and sensuality, tenderness and cold fact, the 10th Spotlight series installment, Here Come the Warm Jets, is the brash debut volume by Bay Area poet Alli Warren. Taking its title from the Brian Eno classic, Jets jumbles gender, class, and space-time perspectives into a chorus of contemporary idioms and lyrical longings. Against the daunting backdrop of contemporary political-economy, Warren launches her missives of desire, in writing that is at once raw and sly. From the Bishop of Worms to Flipper to E-40, nobody’s safe from the easy virtuosity with which she makes language sing.

Interview with Alli Warren

Editor of the City Lights/Spotlight Poetry series Garrett Caples interviewed poet Alli Warren before she embarked on her October East Coast tour. Back in the Bay Area, Alli Warren reads Thursday, Dec. 5th at the Poetry Center in San Francisco.

They discussed Here Come the Warm Jets, Warren’s first full-length book, what it’s like to have a debut book out with City Lights, and why Warren chose the Brian Eno reference for her title.

“Warren’s first book of poems is highly self-reflective, interestingly interrogative, and a lot of fun.”—Booklist

“Without a doubt, she is one of the best young writers in the Bay Area.”—SF Weekly

 

Charged with swagger and sensuality, tenderness and cold fact, the 10th Spotlight series installment, Here Come the Warm Jets, is the brash debut volume by Bay Area poet Alli Warren. Taking its title from the Brian Eno classic, Jets jumbles gender, class, and space-time perspectives into a chorus of contemporary idioms and lyrical longings. Against the daunting backdrop of contemporary political-economy, Warren launches her missives of desire, in writing that is at once raw and sly. From the Bishop of Worms to Flipper to E-40, nobody’s safe from the easy virtuosity with which she makes language sing.

Catherine Wagner celebrates Nervous Device

Catherine Wagner comes to City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, to celebrate the latest release in the Spotlight Poetry Series, Nervous Device (City Lights Books).In Nervous Device, Catherine Wagner takes inspiration from William Blake’s “bounding line” to explore the poem as a body at the intersection between poet and audience. Using this figure as a model for various sexual, political, and economic interactions, Wagner’s poems shift between seductive lyricism and brash fragmentation as they negotiate the failure of human connection in the twilight of American empire. Intellectually informed, yet stubbornly insistent on their own objecthood, and taking a bewildering variety of forms, the poems of Nervous Device express a self-conscious skepticism about the potential for human connection even as they maintain an optimistically charged eroticism.The author of three previous full-length collections, Catherine Wagner was born in Burma during the Vietnam War to American military parents, afterwards living in the Philippines, Indonesia, Yemen, and India before moving to the U.S. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (where she studied with Jorie Graham and Donald Revell) and a PhD from the University of Utah. She has written criticism on Barbara Guest, Leslie Scalapino and Harryette Mullen, among others, and has published chapbooks with the Dusie collective and other small presses. Her poems appear in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and Out of Ev­erywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, among other anthologies. She’s currently an Associate Professor of English at Miami University in Ohio.
Future Spotlight Series poet Alli Warren also read.