Kaia Sand’s Remember to Wave

A few posts ago I linked to Tinfish Press’ new releases. I forgot to mention that I wrote a blurb for one of the books: Kaia Sand’s Remember to Wave. Here’s more info on the book and my blurb:

By Kaia Sand • 2010 • $16
Design by Bao Nguyen


“Woooo weee!–this book is really something! It’s both “too much” and the “total package,” and then some–sort of like an “All You Can Eat” site–a “smelter”–in a rock-alcove below petroglyphs. “Sand” plus “Wave” plus “Tinfish”–that’s the cool combo, combined with Vision, Heart, Smarts, Reach, Diligence, Direction, and good doses of downhome, downright Whimsy! Are you ready? Step lively now. Be on alert. Keep up with Kaia. And REMEMBER TO WAVE!”

Lawson Fusao Inada, Oregon Poet Laureate

Kaia Sand’s Remember To Wave maps the temporal palimpsests and traumatic political history of Portland, Oregon. Sand writes the seen and unseen city in the spirit of William Carlos Williams’ Paterson, Charles Olson’s Gloucester, or Barbara Jane Reyes’ San Francisco. She reads the geography of Portland for its displacements, exclusions, migrations, disappearances, ruins, and hauntings. Sand asks: “Do we need our ruins visible?” The answer resonates throughout Remember to Wave as poetry creates a deeply felt awareness of past and present injustices. In this profound and threaded mapping, Sand composes “an ode of accretion”—a song of our ruins rendered visible.

Craig Santos Perez, author of from unincorporated territory

Kaia Sand is the author of a poetry collection, interval (Edge Books 2004), and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press 2008), and she has created several chapbooks through the Dusie Kollektive. Her poems lotto and tiny arctic ice comprise the text of two books in Jim Dine’s Hot Dreams series (Steidl Editions 2008). She lives in Portland, Oregon, with Jules Boykoff and their daughter, Jessica.

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