Thursday, August 6th: Poetry. Jacob Kahn reads from his new book A Circuit of Yields: Conventional Wisdom for Giants, with guest Alicia Mountain. 6:30 p.m.
A Circuit of Yields takes us into a world of frosted dandelions, of grandfathers piled high into silos, across crinoline heartlands with a fine inland rash, to Promethean craters, to the Providence county jail, Hiroshima present day, and Florida at dawn. It is a world of immediate pearls, calculated risk, buffalo semen found in a feldspar hole; a world populated by thumb berries, lamented toes, headless eagles, clipped swallows and stingrays.
A Circuit of Yields offers advice for giants on dozens of topics from kissing to mapping to digging, discusses the proper procedures for wading, hoping, eating, dressing and more.
It is a useful book for giants and non-giants alike.
“We know that poetry does not require meaning as a solid does to a liquid. Sometimes, instead, all eyes see at once, oblique, graffiti, spun, spawn language. A Circuit of Yields reminds us why poetry is a way of being, reminds us “a giant should have faith in misunderstanding and misunderstanding in faith,” and so should we.” –Cassandra Rabe
Jacob Kahn is a poet originally from the Rocky Mountains. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and went to school in Missoula, Montana, where he studied poetry at the University of Montana. He currently lives in Oakland and teaches at an elementary school. A poetic guidebook, A Circuit of Yields: Conventional Wisdom for Giants (2015), is recently out from E.M. Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland. He collaborates intermittently with the artist Jack Metcalf on participatory one-night-only art spectacles.
Alicia Mountain received her MFA at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Barrow Street, Witness, Spillway, LIT, The Southampton Review and elsewhere. She is the recent recipient of an Idyllwild Fellowship and received a 2014 Academy of American Poets Prize. She’s finishing her first collection of poetry.