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Holy Ghost (City Lights Spotlight)

ISBN: 9780872867147
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
Publication Date: 2017-05-16
Number of pages: 118
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The third full-length collection from poet-scholar-activist David Brazil records his struggle to forge a relationship between two distinct vocations—street activist in Occupy Oakland and its aftermath, and unorthodox pastor exploring the path of radical Christian discipleship. Holy Ghost pulls toward the place where class struggle meets the will of God.

Praise for Holy Ghost:

"It is clear that the Holy Ghost is everywhere at all times at once. The poem is not held to historical imaginings of time-space. Resembling the speech of Dogen in his visionary 13th-century fascicles, or the Cloud of Unknowing, or Saint Francis' lamb in the furnace, Holy Ghost does not speak about itself—it is itself."—Michael McClure

"These poems of glorification, joyful and solemn, speak to the erasure of the boundary between mrtam/amrtam (death/non-death) and recall Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience as well as Robert Duncan’s Heavenly City Earthly City. With clarity and infinite finesse, the rhythms and tensile swing of Brazil’s writing direct hymn’s availability, from today’s idiomatic speech to a yesteryear of sermon and rune. Every note counts."—Norma Cole

"All singing is contemporaneous in the heart, & thus I'd call Holy Ghost heart-felt. It keeps time with the forms of its devotion, touching various eras of diction, prayer & song & verse & hymn. In the mind then, all at once, it does becomes a work of love; for the reader, for paths of grace & liberation, & for the singing that refuses to abide our time but takes its measure, day by day, in wounded, contemplative poems."—Dana Ward

"[David Brazil] means to galvanize dissent, to encourage 'righteous action rhetoric can't break.' Through a clever patois, Brazil mixes elevated and colloquial language, benediction and idiom, to create captivating juxtapositions: 'in the splendid garden of the lambent forms, I'm/about to ask y'all a question’”—Publishers Weekly


David Brazil is a poet, translator, and novelist. His books include The Ordinary and antisocial patience. With Kevin Killian, he edited the Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985. From 2008 to 2011 he published over sixty issues of the seminal TRY! magazine with Sara Larsen. David co-pastors a house church in Oakland and works for social justice with the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy. He's a Scorpio.

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