Occupations by David Starkey, Santa Barbara’s third Poet Laureate, was published by Flutter Press in 2016.
“Who does the work of the world? In David Starkey’s provocative new prose poems, you do, you do: you are the histopathologist, the yarn winder, the trimmer of zippers. You fill your icicle machine with strawberries, you sniff your roses for freshness, you seed your honey with crystals. And like the forest engineer, master of all you survey, you survey this terse compendium of odd occupations, and find the everyday world made utterly strange by it, tinged with wry humor and unspeakable sadness, and curious, curious, curious.”
–Katherine Haake, author of The Origin of Stars and Other Stories and The Time of Quarantine
“David Starkey has outdone himself with Occupations, his new and delightful collection of prose poems. Some of them strike me like a textual version of August Sander’s great occupational portraits, while others wittily dance away from the familiar in a style reminiscent of Merwin, or Calvino. In each vignette, Starkey creates a world, a transformation, and a lyrical jewel.”
–Rod Val Moore, author of Igloo Among Palms and Brittle Star
About the Author:
David Starkey served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate, and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College and Editor and Publisher of Gunpowder Press. His poetry has appeared in many journals and in seven full-length collections, most recently Like a Soprano, an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos television series.