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White Ghost Dance

POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, October 7th – 7-9pm
Ron Johnson reads from White Ghost Dance
featured readers followed by an open mic

Ron Johnson, whose most recent collection is  White Ghost Dance (Wasteland Press, 2018), has taught at CCSF and once had a bookshop in the Haight. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University (1972).  His books include DNA Poems (Black Book Press, 1979), Once Upon a Time in Babylon (Wasteland Press, 2012) and, most recently, White Ghost Dance, which was “begun in Philadelphia in summer 1976 & expanded & revised intermittently during the intervening 42 years. It hangs upon the spine of a journey begun by a Conestoga wagon train in July 1975, from San Diego to Philadelphia, reversing the path of European imperialists: across the continent, across time, across boundaries between myth, history, and the astounding physical beauty of our vast, misshapen political fantasy. Memories, various & contradictory, seep from the landscape, & lead backward & inward to the moment of America’s inception. At the periphery, cartoon figures from popular culture share the bardo with human relics scattered along the route. Along the return to origin, historical shades bubble up into the present. These spectral presences resonate against the original Ghost Dancers of the Nineteenth Century, whose ecstatic exertions asked the gods to reverse the catastrophe befallen them, against a high commercial civilization at Cahokia, based on astronomical design and ritual human sacrifice, & against a carnival of chaos at the 1976 Philadelphia BuyCentennial Sellabration.”

Ron, we believe, is a poet from the time he gets up in the morning until the time he sleeps. He’s always been a pleasure to hear from.

An open mic follows the featured readers.

Jerry Ferraz, Bird & Beckett’s Troubadour in Residence, and Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate, host.

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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