Holy Ghost


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$15.95  $14.83
City Lights Books
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5.4 X 0.3 X 6.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

David Brazil is a poet, translator and novelist. His books include The Ordinary and antisocial patience. With Kevin Killian, he edited the Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985. From 2008 to 2011 he published over sixty issues of the seminal TRY! magazine with Sara Larsen. David co-pastors a house church in Oakland and works for social justice with the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy. He's a Scorpio.


"Holy Ghost expresses the ideological cacophony of our times and juxtaposes it against the simplicity of human need. ... impossible to ignore. ... Holy Ghost is a songbook of anti-classist marches, a ratatat book of hours for the disenfranchised, but it doesn't offer its comforts easily, or with easily-quotable snippets. There is digging to be done here to unearth the fragile temple in the rubbish of incarnation."--Rain Taxi

"Brazil [has] thrust back into the collective imagination [that] perhaps the bulk of our efforts should not be spent on petty inner disputes but rather on spreading the message that capitalism is unsustainable and that a new system can arise if we believe, faithfully, that it can. ... Both [Brazil and John Milton] recognize the privileged position faith must take in an any sort of revolutionary act. While Milton reminds us to that hell can be made into a heav'n, Brazil turns our gaze towards the future: '[t]he joy that comes, the world that comes, ensemble.'"--Empty Mirror

"Part of Brazil's worldview seems to be the perception that we are living in philosophically meager times, a new Dust Bowl of spiritual and moral poverty. He means to galvanize dissent, to encourage 'righteous action rhetoric can't break.' Through a clever patois, Brazil mixes elevated and colloquial language, benediction and idiom, to create captivating juxtapositions: 'in the splendid garden of the lambent forms, I'm / about to ask y'all a question.'"--Publishers Weekly

"Brazil's poems are incantations, rhythmic, jagged, calling. He creates an atonal, jazzy, and welcoming spirit ... Though there is an echo of John Cage-like change music, Brazil's poetry is drawn from the language, sounds, and beat of everyday life, made new and alluring."--Booklist

"So many poets are producing fearless, important work, and work that does not slight craft when facing our political reality. Holy Ghost by David Brazil, is an example of this kind of work."--The Rumpus