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Deadline for submission of 2014 books is January 31, 2015.

See GUIDELINES below.



PRESS RELEASE : AUGUST 2014


The Poetry Center
is pleased to announce that Stephen Ratcliffe's SELECTED DAYS (Counterpath Press, 2012) has been selected by an anonymous award judge to receive the annual Poetry Center Book Award

Coleman-The World Falls AwayThe Poetry Center Book Award has been presented annually since 1980 by The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the previous year. The Poetry Center Book Award carries a cash prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at The Poetry Center in San Francisco. POETRY CENTER BOOK AWARD, 1980-2012


Thursday OCTOBER 2, 2014
Poetry Center Book Award Reading

for SELECTED DAYS
Stephen Ratcliffe

4:30 pm @ the Poetry Center
HUM 512, SFSU, free



Anonymous judge's statement, re SELECTED DAYS
:

• Like a core sample drilled down through the days, these Selected Days come up with layered and differentiated strata in evidence of time perceived as phenomenally present on the poet/reader’s eye, ear, and persistent body moved to work, steadily and across an extensive sweep of one person’s human time. Stephen Ratcliffe’s dedicated (devotional) practice of writing a single roughly sonnet-dimensioned poem every day, and arranging them with little after-matter, trued to each day in its sequence, beginning in 1999, is apparently still ongoing, without let-up or lay-off, exactly this far into our now no longer new century. The schemata of this particular book, as “selected,” involves stepping into the span of some dozen years of consecutive days of the poet’s act of recording these peculiar (specific) calendric indexes, then casting briefer “new” works as sequences drawn out of the several greater books. So a “book of books,” slices out of a far more vast body of work, and yet discreet, intact. What was enormous now with new dimensions.

‘Sketches’ or ‘studies’ might be analogous, drawing from practices in what get called the visual arts, though these “selected days,” to be sure, being poetry, insist, however laden with what lights on the eye, on becoming sonic and semantic inquiries: into human habitation of one perceiver and composer/compositor’s space/time. That inclination seems to the point, that each day gets “set” in the way a typographer would set type. So instead of lying “in back of” the work, as a painter’s sketch might be made, as a fact, pinned to a wall to be studied, while the painting comes to takes its place, these studies themselves become the work’s crucial and its crucially ordinary components. One sees how it happens, if one has the eye to do that. The everyday is what’s proposed, paid out across every single day, without “life” getting “in the way.” The proof, perhaps, attempted: that life has a harder time getting in the way if it is the way. That what’s forgotten comes back around, calling, willed or accidental, still and again playing its part.

Then one can regard Selected Days as much as a work of art as the clear evidence of a method, a way of working with and in one’s art. The grammatical figure of synecdoche recalls not just that the part “stands for” the whole, but that the relation’s reciprocal. If the poem stands for the day, then how will our days, like poems, be "made things"? What’s at hand, as ever, is the crucial notion of human agency. Here’s one way through the days.

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STEPHEN RATCLIFFE is a poet, professor, and publisher. His recent publications include: Painting (Chax, 2012), CLOUD / RIDGE (BlazeVox [books], 2011), Conversation (Bootstrap Press / Plein Air Editions, 2011), HUMAN / NATURE, Remarks on Color / Sound, Temporality (Eclipse, 2011); Reading the Unseen: (Offstage) Hamlet (Counterpath, 2010); REAL (Avenue B, 2007); CLOUD / RIDGE (ubu editions, 2007); HUMAN / NATURE (ubu editions, 2007); Portraits & Repetition (Post-Apollo, 2002); SOUND/(system) (Green Integer, 2002). He teaches at Mills College and lives in Bolinas, California, north of San Francisco on the Pacific coast.

The Poetry Center Book Award

The Poetry Center Book Award has been presented annually since 1980 by The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the prior year. The Poetry Center Book Award carries a cash prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at The Poetry Center in San Francisco.

POETRY CENTER BOOK AWARD, 1980-2012

Guidelines

The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University seeks submissions for the annual Poetry Center Book Award.

Deadline for submission of 2014 books is January 31, 2015.

Entrees will be accepted for the 2014 award from JULY 1, 2014 thru JANUARY 31, 2015.

Published original books by a single author (no collaborative works, anthologies, translations, or manuscripts) must be copyrighted 2014. Entrees can be submitted by publisher, author, or by a reader.

An entry fee of $10 per book (all of which goes directly to the benefit of the award winner and award judge) must accompany each book.

Please include a cover letter indicating the author's name, book title(s), name of person or publisher issuing check, and check number. Checks should be payable to The Poetry Center and entrees mailed to:

The Poetry Center/SFSU
2010 Book Award
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132

The judge for the award will not be announced in advance.

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