Some of you have heard me talk about PoBoEx, the poetry boat expedition, I’ve been working on with Ben Davis and Tamsin Smith for the last year. Well, it’s now an actual, gritty, honest and beautiful book titled Everything Indicates and available in print! We’re working on a less expensive printer and a distribution partner, but if you’re anxious for a copy, here’s a link to purchase. Right now, it’s perfect for that person in the $50 gift range that loves photography, utilitarian public spaces and poetry! There are plenty of events being planned for 2012 too, so stay tuned!!
Here’s a description from co-editor Tamsin Smith:
What do you get when you put twenty or so local poets in hardhats and safety goggles for an all-access tour of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge? Verse, and beautiful verse at that. EVERYTHING INDICATES is a collection of poems and images inspired by this other man-made marvel. Set to open in 2013, the eastern span will be the world’s largest self-anchored suspension span bridge; however, beyond this remarkable feat of engineering, the bridge is a literal lifeline for the diverse communities, individuals, and businesses of the San Francisco Bay Area and far beyond.
The poems and photographs of EVERYTHING INDICATES are themselves a bridge, which bring us closer to the common experience that unites us as human beings. Sometimes we need reminders of the grace and beauty that surround us, hiding in plain site. Struggles both daily and profound can serve to connect, rather than alienate, if viewed from a certain angle. This is the gift of art. In it, the dualities of past and future, here and there, light and dark, life and death, writer and reader, mind and heart, flesh and concrete, find a melody line.
The collection takes its title from Walt Whitmans’s “Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry,” as a spur for us all to discover purpose, harmony, and universal truths with our own eyes, ears, and imaginations.