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What Could Be Better Than Seeing Eric Baus Read at City Lights Tonight?

By Harriet Staff

Is it his responses to "Five Questions," newly posted at the City Lights Blog? What IS better: seeing the author read or reading his responses to five great questions? Well, if you don't live in the Bay Area: "Five Questions" will have to do.

About the Book: In the tradition of French poets like Francis Ponge, Pierre Reverdy, and René Char, The Tranquilized Tongue offers a series of prose meditations in the form of surrealist declaratives, each sentence unfolding like an alchemical riddle in which sounds, images, and figures appear, dissolve, and re-emerge to offer a glimpse of a complex unconscious roiling below the surface of everyday reality. Sometimes a paragraph, sometimes a sentence, occasionally just a fragment, each poem in The Tranquilized Tongue is a portal to new perspective on the everyday materials of reality as constituted through language itself.

City Lights: If you’ve been to City Lights before, what’s your memory of the visit? If you haven’t been here before, what are you expecting?

Eric Baus: My sister first took me to City Lights when I was still in high school. I’m pretty sure that I bought Artaud Anthology on that trip and maybe René Daumal’s The Powers of the Word, mostly because of their covers. I lived in Indiana at the time, which was not all that exciting, and the store’s big front windows as well as the books that City Lights published all seemed to glow in contrast.

If you are in the Bay Area, see you at his reading and book release party at City Lights Books tonight! Learn more at the City Lights Booksellers and Publishers Blog: Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here.