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Carol, !PRESENTE! A Report on the Event, by David Joseph

July 13, 2009

 

Carol Tarlen,   1943-2004

Carol Tarlen, 1943-2004

 

 

 

The Labor Fest program highlighting Carol’s work came off as quite a success Friday July 10, 2009 at Modern Times book store in San Francisco. Readers included Jeff Goldthorpe, myself, Louise Nayer, Sarah Menefee, Leslie Simon, Nellie Wong, Marcus Duskin, Christy Rodgers, Phyllis Holliday, and Erica Horn, and who am I leaving out? I read “Erasing Borders” from the screen of my laptop from the file of the manuscript of “Fire: Collected Poems,” as well as my Foreword to the book. Alicia was unable to be there, because she was ill, and Derek was unable to be there, because he was in the middle of a video shoot.

“Carol, presente,” as Christy said, feeling her presence at the event. I thought she could have been with us, but would have had one ear listening to the Giants game at the San Francisco ball park where Jonathan Sanchez pitched a no-hitter, the first in 33 years for the Giants at home, a nearly perfect game except for only one error, with a score of 8 to 0. Sanchez joined a club as the 17th member of the Giants in their 126-year history going back to the 19th century to pitch a no hitter.

Let’s see. What are some of Carol’s books? one book of poetry, or several volumes, depending on how you cut it and slice it. She wrote three books of fiction, “Charity’s No Substitute for Love,” “Letter from an English Prison,” and the next one I’ll be starting on soon tentatively titled “The Terrorists.” She also wrote a children’s book called “Pizza Pete, Jewel Thief Kate, and the Underground City.” Leslie saw me afterward, and she’s still holding out the possibility of a 50-page book or more of poetry published at City College of San Francisco. Jeff will be using the list serve and the blog to promote the possibilities for publication for Carol’s work.

 

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.

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

May 4, 2009

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.