Winner of the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry
This is a remarkable first book - sprawling, generous, angry, delicate. Through borrowed language and staged dialogues, Exit Theater asks how individual experiences of violence combine with myth to create the collective present, where we peer out from the "gun cabinet..." Lala's book tears open the velvet cushioning.
In these lyrical meditations crisscrossing the fields of personal, national, and international histories, strewn with bodies, Lala confronts, without flinching, the terrible beauties born of fin de siècle pessimism and optimism.
Wed., Nov. 9, 7p - Greenlight Poetry Salon @ Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
Dec. 3 - 18, Exit Theater Southern Tour
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017 @ The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017 @ Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017 @ Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
A visual piece inspired by Lucy Ives, Mark Augé, and Paolo Virno
Slaying is the word. It is a deed in fashion.
That unremitting siphon, Grief
Say goodbye, microphone. Try, but do not speak.