Booksmith is proud to host the San Francisco launch for Jason Morris' first full-length collection of poetry, Levon Helm. Reading with Jason is the poet Nicholas James Whittington. Please join us!
Levon Helm is Jason Morris’ first full-length collection, a picaresque situated in the drum and voice of mind. Like the drummer-singer with whom it shares a name, its influences are broad but firmly American. Along with bits torn from the edges of Moby-Dick and The Maltese Falcon, it mines the margins of Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation. As it takes stock of the immediacy and scale of places in the American West like Pinnacles and the Puget Sound, its psychic roots dig a haunted, old New England. These lyric poems are takes on human memory in geological time, as interested in their own asides and parentheticals as they are in the elements.
Jason Morris was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in San Francisco. His chapbooks are Spirits & Anchors (Auguste Press, 2010), From the Golden West Notebooks (Allone Co., 2011), Local News (Bird & Beckett Books, 2013), Takes (Bootstrap Press, 2015), and Late to Practice (Dirty Swan, 2017). For seven years, he was the editor of Big Bell magazine; with J Grabowski, he founded the small press PUSH.
Nicholas James Whittington is a poet, scholar, educator, editor, printer, and publisher born and raised in San Francisco. He now lives in Oakland, but continues to edit and publish the roughly annual AMERARCANA along with the occasional small book under the auspices of his family bookshop, Bird & Beckett, here in the city, and does letterpress printing and design work at Impart Ink, an errant studio. His first full-length collection of poetry, Creances, is due out this year from Bootstrap Press. Recent chapbooks include Provisions (2017, from PUSH Press) and Indefinite Sessions (2016, from Gas Meter Books).