Garrett Caples is the editor of Philip Lamantia's Preserving Fire: Selected Prose (Wave Books, 2018), as well as the author of Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016), Retrievals (2014), The Garrett Caples Reader (1999), Complications (2007), and Quintessence of the Minor (2010). He is also the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013), Particulars of Place (2015) by Richard O. Moore, and Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems (2016) by Frank Lima. He is an editor at City Lights Books and curates the Spotlight Poetry Series there. He was also a contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written articles and blogged for the Poetry Foundation and occasionally blogs for blogcitylights.com. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in San Francisco.
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[The Garrett Caples Reader] displays genuine intellectual engagement along with its playful exuberance, making for a most winning combination.
Caples supplies us with a full aesthetic meal, with alarming images right out of the French Surrealists. He also means what he says; regardless of any implications to the contrary, Caples is writing out of emotion, even well-done sentiment.
—Max Winter, Rain Taxi
I adore [Caples’] prescription to read widely and even perversely; and his breezy style is engaging--despite the weighty title, the essay feels like some chunk of a great conversation you'd have over a couple of beers. And we need more poets weighing in on things the way he has here...
With a supply of thumbnail biographies that read like the most improbable fiction, and a leisurely but learned style, Caples makes the minor seem major.
—Ed Park, The Poetry Foundation
Reviews of books by Garrett Caples
Quintessence of the Minor
- "Tratatus" (on Bear Books)
- “Sundial Tone” (in Granta)
- “Aubade” (in Poetry)
- “Ordinary History America” (in Poetry)
- “Richard O. Moore Imagined as a Bob Dylan Song” (in OmniVerse)
- Bookslut, with Patrick James Dunagan
- PhillySound, with CAConrad
- Otolith, with Eileen Tabios
Articles by Garrett Caples
- “How to Rhyme” in Concrescent
- “Surrealism Is a Romantic Critique of the Avant-Garde from Within” in The Poetry Foundation
- “Kerouac as Poet: A Response to Cedar Sigo” in The Poetry Foundation
- “Two Chicagos” in The Poetry Foundation
- “The Secret Life of Sylvia Fein” in The San Francisco Bay Guardian
- “Homage to Ralph Nader” in The Brooklyn Rail
Reading with Andrew Joron for the release of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia:
Reading three poems: