David Baratier

David Baratier, in a rare visit to San Francisco, has been at the very heart of the Ohio poetry revolution for a good many years. They don’t call Ohio the Swing State for nothing. Baratier’s poetry, pristine, pared-down and sculpted to a fine deal finish, are sturdy squares of text, a child’s set of wooden Legos that propel class and dislocation halfway to the moon. David Baratier’s poems are anthologized in American Poetry: the Next Generation, from Carnegie Mellon University Press and Clockpunchers: Poetry of the American Workplace from Partisan Press. His collections include A Run of Letters (Poetry New York, 1998) and The Fall Of Because (Pudding House, 1999). An epistolary and prose novel In It What’s in It will be released by Spuyten Duyvil in 2001. He is a Leo, born in 1970, and the founder and editor of Pavement Saw Press.
October 13, 2000