Celebrating the release of two new books by Bay Area poets Aja Couchois Duncan (Vestigial, Litmus Press) and Truong Tran (Book of the Other, Kaya Press). They will be joined by Mihee Kim, whose book Nomenclaure is forthcoming from Kelsey St. Press, and Jean Day, whose book Late Human was published by Ugly Duckling Presse earlier this year.
Vestigial (from the Latin vestigium, meaning “footprint”) tracks a poetic narrative across multiple chronologies and scales—from the personal to the geologic. Following her debut collection Restless Continent (Litmus Press, 2016), Aja Couchois Duncan continues to investigate ecology and heritage as a story of entangled becoming, synchronizing movements of deep time with the transient substance of touch.
A piercing, furious examination of the devastation wrought on a life by institutional platitudes put in the service of unexamined privilege, Truong Tran’s provocative collection of poetry, prose, and essays, Book of the Other, resists the luxury of metaphor to write about the experience of being shut out, shut down, and othered as an immigrant, refugee, and queer man.
A wheelchair lift can be accessed through the center doors of the Redstone Building (2940 16th Street). Contact SPT in advance if you will need the doors to the lift open. The Lab supports Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) through its mixing board. Each bathroom has one stall with a 35 inch clearance at the door. Unfortunately, they do not seem to have much of a turning radius inside the stall (both stalls are 40-42 inches wide).