Poetry Richard Loranger Poems for Teeth

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Poems for Teeth

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Teeth fall out. It’s part of the human – er, mammalian – er, vertebrate condition. It’s been happening for ages. We deal with it. Still, you’d think that in this day and age, there’d be a stop to it, a tooth preserver, some dental panacea. The thing is, it’s not so much for a lack of dental technology that we still have dental problems – the technology is there, but the behavior is not. I could have much healthier teeth if I had taken better care of them, in a few different ways as you will see, and if I lived in a society that didn’t reserve decent medical care as a privilege of class, that didn’t, in effect, value money over human lives. Wishful thinking, in this day and age, and all the more as the minutes tick by. So I guess that I have my political complaints as well. The state of our teeth reflects the state of our cultures, our selves, our politics, our psyches, our bodies, and just about every other thing subject to human follies and flaws, foibles and corruption, at least that I can think of, anyway. Says poet Richard Loranger, "I have my mother's eyes and teeth. Her eyes are beautiful. Her teeth are mostly artificial. A few of mine are of that brilliant blend of sand, metal, and fire, and some prtly so, but quite a few are just plain gone. These poems are their story, at least in part, but they're also about your teeth, and everyone's for that matter, as well as a few other things." This is a book of poetry, drawings, and songs.

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Richard Loranger is a writer of poetry and prose, as well as a spoken word, performance, and visual artist for over two decades. You may have come across his work through poetry scenes in San Francisco, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, or (now) Brooklyn. Loranger, who has enjoyed creative writing since grade school, began taking it as a serious creative focus in the early 1980s at the University of Michigan, where he won three Hopwood Writing Awards and received a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Sixteen years later, he returned to academia to work on an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College, who honored him with the Mintz Scholastic Achievement Award and a spot on the Dean’s List when he graduated in 2001. In addition to Poems for Teeth, he has authored The Orange Book (International Review Press, 1990) and eight chapbooks, including Hello Poems and The Day Was Warm and Blue, and has had work included in over sixty magazines and journals, and thirteen anthologies, among which are Beyond Definition and Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza (both Manic-D Press) and The Portable Boog Reader (Boog Literature). Recent work can be found in Barrow Street, Brooklyn Review, Long Shot, and Hanging Loose. He has done over 300 featured readings, in venues ranging from Lollapalooza (in 1994 and 1995) to Intersection for the Arts, Paradise Lounge, and Café Babar in San Francisco to The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Bowery Poetry Club, and Teachers and Writers in New York, to name a few, and has shared a bill with such poets and performers as Jim Carroll, Anne Waldman, Francisco X. Alarcón, and The Last Poets, and the bands Fugazi, Big Black, Sister Double Happiness, The Dead Milkmen, and X. He has also been a member of several performance groups, including The High Risk Group in San Francisco and Performance Art Church in Austin, as well as the rock band Baldo Rex (San Francisco). He has recently had several shows! of his large, multi-colored poems called blinklists in New York and beyond, including an ongoing show at the Writing Center Gallery at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he teaches English and Creative Writing and is the director of Writing Across the Curriculum.

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The extraordinary poems in this book give the reader’s mind a much-needed deep flossing. Bob Holman --press materials, We Press, 2005

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