Celebrating A Rebel Poet of San Francisco’s New Information Economy

Carol Tarlen,   1943-2004

Carol Tarlen, 1943-2004

Location: Modern Times Books, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco                   Date:  Friday, July 10, 7 pm

Sponsored by San Francisco Labor Fest

Family and friends of  Carol Tarlen will swap stories, read poems, present a slide show, and sing to honor her work and spirit. Poets, writers, filmmakers, and performers will include:
Derek Dabkoski,     Marcus Duskin,     Jeff Goldthorpe.  David Joseph,   Sarah Menefee,     Louise Nayer,     Christy Rodgers,    Leslie Simon,      Alicia Tarlen,   Nellie Wong.

It has been five years since Carol Tarlen’s passing, yet her work has not received the notice it cries out for. We will not let her brilliant, incisive body of work be “disappeared” by the latest cycle of the info-economy’s “eternal now.” Her community is coming together to share the light of Carol’s words with the larger Labor Fest, progressive community. This event will give a sense of the range of Carol’s work, suggest her personal sensibility, and present the work of those she touched.

This blog has been established to prepare the way for this event. Carol’s friends, family, and co-workers need a site to share her work, reflect on her life and work, and discuss how to transmit her work to future readers. Please submit your favorite Carol Tarlen poems and short prose to the blog, post your own comments, and contribute to the planning of the July 10th event.

About the Author:  Carol Tarlen had her poetry and prose published in literary journals (Ikon, Exquisite Corpse, The Berkley Poetry Review, Sing Heavenly Muse, Hurricane Alice, Poetry USA) and in three anthologies:  Calling Home: Writings of Working Class Women (Rutgers University Press); Liberating Memory (Rutgers University Press); and For A Living (University of Illinois Press).  In 1994, she was the first place winner in the San Francisco Bay Guardian Poetry Contest.  She was active for many years in labor, peace, and homeless advocacy groups.  Ms Tarlen died in 2004.

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One Response to “Celebrating A Rebel Poet of San Francisco’s New Information Economy”

  1. Diana Rossi Says:

    June 27th, 2004

    Dear Carol,

    Tears came for you.

    We were driving on Highway 4, going to the Antioch Water Park — a family outing for friendly Aya’s 7th birthday. We drove past the Concord Naval Weapons Station Exit and then, after 2 weeks of justifying our estrangement, the tears came. The tears came for you, Carol. A flood of memory. All those demonstrations together! And words came too, like talking points to my aging 49 year-old memory bank — CISPES, Nicaragua, Brian Wilson, Carrie, JoAnne, The Contras, Civil Disobedience or Not, Billy Nessen, those red bandannas, and stolen railway spikes.

    The hot Clayton hills, hot like your anger.

    Carol, the flame of your anger could be useful at times. It made you into a doer, an artist. It was often intelligently on target. But those other times, Carol. You know what they are. I am laying those to rest — with compassion, for you, for me, and for you and me. May your energy, all that it is, burn into the hope of your beautiful children, your beautiful Derek, your beautiful Kate. Oh, and how could I forget, your beautiful, angry words.

    With Love,
    Take Care,
    See You on the Long Journey,
    Diana

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