Mary Burger and Rob Halpern
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
February, 06 2006, 7:30 pm
Mary Burger is a writer, editor, and publisher. Her books include Sonny (Leon Works, 2005), The Boy Who Could Fly (Second Story Books, 2002), Thin Straw That I Suck Life Through (Melodeon, 2000), Eating Belief (pamphlet, Belladonna Books, 2000), Nature's Maw Gives and Gives (Duration Press, 1999), and Bleeding Optimist (Xurban, 1995). Her work is included in An Anthology of New (American) Poets (Talisman, 1998) and Technolgies of Measure: A Celebration of Bay Area Women Writers (Small Press Traffic/Yerba Buena Center, 2002), and numerous small-press publications, including Aufgabe, Bombay Gin, Chain, Explosive, Five Fingers Review, Kenning, nocturnes, Shark, syllogism, Tinfish, Van Gogh's Ear, and others.
Rumored Place (Krupskaya, 2004), Rob Halpern’s first book, combines a near confessional narrative of physical passion with the documentation of “social fact.” It inscribes a subjunctive locale situated in an impossible nowhere space and time. “The book,” he states, “is situated between subjective desire and objective need.” “I’ve tried to activate the untimely tension between a present in which it is impossible to live humanly, and a collective future that exceeds our ability to grasp.” The writing takes aim at an unrepresentable moment from whose standpoint alternate histories will have emerged-and life will be other than we can imagine it now.