Born of arigorous criticism of the toxicity of the economic system, this collection ofexperimental, socially conscious poetry reflects a world in crisis. Itmobilizesscenes ofstruggle and instances ofsolidarity, from Occupy to Mexico s drug war, from Cairo to Athens.Linguistically daring, full of exigency, these poems are as damaged as life, still dirty.
Praise for Still Dirty
"Even as capitalist culture's reality-screens are flickering and frying out, David Lau'spoems offer image-captures of something they can't contain. Lau's poetic mixologysurges and beats with the rhythms of resistance, creating vortexts that serve asmaps of future victories, verbal harbingers of a utopia dirty enough to come." Andrew Joron, author of Trance Archives
"David Lau s sizzling new collection confronts the key lyric dilemma of the first quintile ofthe 21st century: namely, how get the lyric out of its delirious position on the cross ofpersonal rabbit hole (vertical) and a-political theoretical equivocation (horizontal) while still, as he puts it, 'straight not giving a f-- - about normativity.' Radical and playful until onewonders which is which, part imagined and part documented to the same effect, Laumobilizes a lyric insurrection via a trans-continental vernacular. Ed Pavlic, author ofLet's Let That Are Not Yet
"Lau s poems take place at the peripheryof consciousness; try to look directly at them, tryto explain what they are saying, and theyblink away.These are poems that exist in a fun house of connotation, poems that are simultaneously creative and destructive."DominicLuxford, The Believer
Back at the neon red debriefnobody said much.
We crossed this Burmeseriver or
The Punjab is a land withfive rivers.
I drank from a glass of beerand remembered
the Alexander Kluge VHS
The Eiffel Tower, King Kong, andthe White Woman.
The wind was blowing downtrees;
at the port of Long Beach,
a Mitsubishi craneun-stacked
a glow-blue sheet of wind.
I ve been rolling aroundwith a bunch of Fleetwood Macks.
We are the crisis.
DavidLauhas been involved in the poetry, art, andactivist communities of Los Angeles and the Bay Area for the past decade.He is a graduate of the IowaWriters Workshop and editor of the journalLanaTurner. This is his secondbook afterVirgil and theMountain Cat: Poems(University of California Press, 2009).