[Click on the poem above to read Douglas Kearney's 'The Black Automaton in Tag: Refugee.']
Douglas Kearney, a faculty member of CalArts' School of Critical Studies, is one of those multi-hyphenate artists: poet-performer-librettist-educator. He's known for creating poetry that should be both seen and experienced. His work is both visual and visceral--especially when he's performing it.
The video below is from a 2009 reading at the Pharmaka Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles:
Each year, the National Poetry Series publishes five poetry books through participating publishers. Kearney’s manuscript for The Black Automaton was chosen by poet Catherine Wagner in 2008 for publication by Fence Books. The book was released late last year, and this weekend marks the official LA launch of The Black Automaton with a reading by Kearney at Skylight Books on Sunday.
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