City Lights Poetry Reading - Honoring Carol Tarlen (1943-2004)
With Aggie Falk, Jack Hirschman, David Joseph, Sarah Menefee, Leslie Simon, and Julia Stein celebrating the release of Every Day Is an Act of Resistance: Selected Poems by Carol Tarlen from Mongrel Empire Press. With MC Alice Rogoff.
Carol Tarlen was a long time North Beach resident, mother, wife, activist, UCSF AFSCME medical school worker and brilliant poet. She got arrested for Food Not Bombs as well as published widely in magazines and in every major anthology of working class poetry, including American Working Class Literature: An Anthology (Oxford University Press). She wrote poetry as if Whitman and Mother Jones were alive and writing in North Beach. She died in 2004, and Every Day Is an Act of Resistance is her first published book.
“Carol Tarlen’s poems bring the human and political together in rich, heart-felt ways.... She had an uncompromising commitment to the truth without sentimentality or condescension. Carol Tarlen was a Straight Shooter. In Nellie Perkiss Speaks Her Mind, she writes ‘The news don’t never tell the way it really is.’ Well, Carol Tarlen always told things the way they really are. These poems deserve a wide and diverse readership-read this book, and pass it on.” -Jim Daniels, Poet & Professor, Carnegie Mellon University.
See also: http://www.pemmicanpress.com/articles/carol-tarlen.html http://home.earthlink.net/~davidjoseph/id29.html http://www.laborfest.net/2013/2013schedule.htm