Alan Soldofsky's In the Buddha Factory is captivating and truthful. It is rich in detail, honest in tragedy, and poignant in observation. Through a mastery of style and language placed against the backdrop of Silicon Valley, Soldofsky explores the tension of opposites of place and no place, rich and poor, and finite and the limitless. These poems capture the intricacies of family, aging, and identity, and renders them in words both insightful and lyrical.
Jack Marshall's Spiral Trace is a treatise on aging provokes a searing examination of a modern world defined by an eroding environment and hawkish, endless war. Offering a tribute to the insights gained in the dénouement of his life, this is beautifully minimalist poetry that shines a light on the possibilities of renewal by calling on art to provide “a wake-up to being.”
Alan Soldofsky is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene. He has been a contributing editor of Poetry Flash, and co-host of the popular poetry show “Planet on the Table” on Berkeley’s KPFA radio. Over the last three decades, his poems have been published widely in magazines and journals. He is professor of English and director of creative writing at San Jose State University, where he been on the faculty more than 25 years.
Jack Marshall was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Jack Marshall now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle.
Praise for Jack Marshall:
" Marshall] understands that all worlds, the material and the spiritual, are one, and that the neighborhoods and cities that no longer exist can be conjured by memory and reanimated by art."--San Francisco Chronicle
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