Tuesday, April 7, 2020:
Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin
live streamed from Bird & Beckett
Tongo Eisen-Martin, a child of the Bay Area, seemed to emerge full blown on the Bay Area poetry front in 2015 with his debut Someone’s Dead Already from Bootstrap Press and a cascade of uncanny readings, hands in pockets, gaze fixed in the middle distance of his mind.
But by that point he had already achieved deep hip hop/spoken word credibility and had gone full on into prison work that had taken him nationwide for years. City Lights’ Pocket Poets series followed up with Heaven is All Goodbyes in 2017, #61, and as a brilliant poet he’s been a presence to be reckoned with nationally since.
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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