I dropped by Occupy LA again today, this time with a few gallons of water and a copy of my book, The Streetwise Cycle, to donate. The guy at the library told me that poetry and plays are the most popular items getting checked out. Which is great news! That’s definitely not what they’re pushing at the big box corporate bookstores.
While I was there, the library organized a poetry reading. Some folks read works by famous poets, while others read or performed their own work. Two of them were kind enough to do guerrilla readings of their own poems on camera.
First up, Courtney Klink.
I thought these lines from her poem were particularly timely:
Liliana is singing a sparkling revolution It’s too bad no one’s listening.
Next is Tina Xu:
My favorite lines:
I can’t get by one day without wanting to burst So teach me, will you, Teach me to shine on like you.
Castellucci has written YA novels, graphic novels, short stories, an opera libretto and more. She once told Bookslut in an interview
I think that everybody can live creatively and I don’t see any difference between say, math and ballet. I think someone can even make something traditionally not “arty,” like being a business person, a kind of art form.
We went down to Occupy LA yesterday to engage in some literary solidarity of the guerrilla sort. Here I am reading from my book, The Streetwise Cycle. It’s a short story collection about one of the 99%, a homeless man living in Los Angeles. In this story, he meets an unemployed financial analyst on the verge of losing everything.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out all these writers who have signed onto the Occupy Writers statement of support.
In her article at The Atlantic, Taking Literature to the Streets, Katharine Schwab profiles a number of terrific ventures around the world that take literature out of bookstores and libraries and, well, into the streets. GuerrillaReads was included