Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autnomous by Christopher Luna & Angelo Luna is now available for pre-order from The Poetry Box

Later this year The Poetry Box will publish Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autonomous, featuring poems for, by, and about Christopher Luna’s son Angelo.

The poems in the book range from the time period when he was a toddler to pieces written in 2021. I couldn’t be prouder to co-author this book with my son, who has been such an inspiration to me. If you pre-order your copy now you will save two dollars off the cover price:

EXCHANGING WISDOM

$16.00 $14.00

BY CHRISTOPHER & ANGELO LUNA

Pre-Order discount thru Oct 30, 2021
Scheduled for Release on Dec 1, 2021

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EXCHANGING WISDOM

A GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF THE AUTONOMOUS

BY CHRISTOPHER & ANGELO LUNA

Exchanging Wisdom features poems for and about Christopher’s son Angelo Luna, as well as a few pieces Angelo wrote for Christopher. The earliest poem was written when Angelo was three, and the most recent at age 21. Christopher endeavored to encourage his son to be an autonomous, freethinking individual. Angelo grew to become that and so much more. Taken as a whole, the poems in this collection track the development of Angelo’s personality and the strong bond between father and son.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christopher Luna is a poet, editor, teacher, writing coach and collage artist. He served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Clark County from 2013-2017. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press for Northwest writers. He founded the popular LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages and uncensored Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA, in 2004. Christopher Luna’s books include Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018), Brutal Glints of Moonlight, and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978.

Christopher believes that the parent-child power dynamic is inherently fascist, so he endeavored to raise his son to think for himself, question authority, and make his own decisions. He respected his son’s humanity enough to trust him to be responsible, to “allow” him his autonomy. Despite what some saw as tragic indulgence, Angelo grew up to be a sweet, kind, polite, philosophical, compassionate young man who will surely accomplish things his father could not. Christopher could not imagine being more proud of the person Angelo became.

Angelo Luna is a poet, son, and LEGO connoisseur. Originally from New York, with a migration to Washington as a young child, he grew up with a fiery bloodline and cold weather. Currently employed as a teller for Wells Fargo, he loves writing, working, and finance and is interested in what every human has to offer.

EARLY PRAISE FOR EXCHANGING WISDOM:

Christopher Luna is a true heir to the Beat and New York School traditions of candor and grandeur. This collaboration and celebration of life runs on impeccable timing and deep love. As Luna and his son Angelo exchange wisdom they also re-invent the meaning of open verse: these poems crack open the heart and spill the joy of parenthood into the world.

—Lisa Jarnot, author
Robert Duncan, the Ambassador from Venus

One day you’re gonna have to…remind me how to believe in the basic goodness of all beings, Christopher Luna tells his son, Angelo, in his latest book, Exchanging Wisdom. More than a collection of father-son poems, Exchanging Wisdom is a record of gratitude. Luna knows that to be a parent is to be both teacher and pupil, vulnerable and responsible. In every poem Luna’s love beams: Like Lone Wolf and Cub we traversed…and you reminded me that magic is real….  These poems contemplate our never-ending wars, sickness, apathy, and art-making through the lens of a deeply reverent father. For some, being a parent, being the adult, is synonymous with having the answers. Luna, a Buddhist poet, community-organizer, and activist, reminds us that questioning is the only way to truth. What are you afraid to find? he wonders. Are these the right questions to ask? In these mind- and heart-opening poems Luna invites us to experience pure joy and wonder again through memory and thankfulness. Once you’ve opened those doors/ you need never do so again, asserts Luna. Once father you cannot go back to your former life. Thankfully for us, Luna never did.

—Claudia F. Savage, author of Bruising Continents

In this triumphant call-and-response love letter between father and son, the epic journey of the heart is explored in wisdom, witness, wonder, actualization, and kindness. We accompany two speakers in a multi-generational reckoning of what it means to be human, to be family, to embody and take forward a love which will outlive us all. I wept at the depth of connection I traveled in this lifesaving, life-affirming journey. As father and son are eternally swapping roles as student or teacher, together they inherit themselves. Angelo (the son) reflects in a poem to Christopher (his father) on his birthday, …focus on the love. That’s the real stuff the pure stuffThe world needs more of this…This collection gives it to us real and pure. Our world is so much better for it.

—Sage Cohen, author of Fierce on the Page

Christopher Luna always writes with his heart on a swivel, keeping watch for moments of significance, either now or some distance from now. But Exchanging Wisdom is more than just a love letter to parenthood or salvation or even to his son. In the right light, this book is a star map to guide the traveler. Drink it all in. Use both hands if you have to.

—Tommy Gaffney, author
Three Beers from Oblivion and Whiskey Days

I will also have a poem in the next issue of The Poeming Pigeon’s From Pandemic to Protest issue, which is available for pre-order at a special price through September 15:

https://thepoetrybox.com/bookstore/tpp-pandemic-protest

Printed Matter Vancouver Presents Meet Me Where I Left You by Tiffany Burba

Meet Me Where I Left You by Tiffany Burba-Book Cover
Meet Me Where I Left You is the latest book from Printed Matter Vancouver.

Meet Me Where I Left You, the debut collection of poetry and short prose by Tiffany Burba, captures her real and imagined New York City adventures of love, lust, museums, jazz, food, and running in Central Park. She has an amazing love affair with the City and its inhabitants stretching from Brooklyn to Queens, the Bronx to Manhattan, and all points between. Living on whiskey kisses, a subway pass, and everything from pizza to soup dumplings, Burba fills and breaks her heart and ours along the way. Meet Me Where I Left You explores her arrivals and departures, her dreams of leaving Pacific Northwest forests for the taxi rides and street grime of New York City, her love of family and friends, and her unashamed quest for passion. Please contact Printed Matter Vancouver to book Tiffany Burba for interviews and readings: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Meet Me Where I Left You by Tiffany Burba

ISBN-13: 978-1535522502 / ISBN-10: 153552250X

Edited and Designed by Toni Lumbrazo Luna

Published By Printed Matter Vancouver

About the Author

Tiffany Reads
Tiffany Burba reads her work at the launch for Poetry Moves, a Printed Matter Vancouver-sponsored program which placed poems by Burba and nine other Clark County, WA poets on C-Tran buses in 2016

Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer who lives in the Pacific NW. She began writing in 2009 as a way to process a very painful relationship. She found that writing was the one way to express all emotions and be completely vulnerable while healing the pain of heartbreak. She is a photographer who likes to capture sunsets, sunflowers, and the New York skyline. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of one.

Tiffany’s work has appeared in Ghost Town Poetry, Volume Two (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2014); in the windows of local businesses for Poetry in the Shops in Vancouver, WA; The Poeming Pigeon A Journal of Poetry and Prose: Doobie or Not Doobie (The Poetry Box, 2016); and on C-Tran buses from January – June 2016 for Poetry Moves.

Tiffany is a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner who believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. She loves to dance, drink whiskey, and spend time with poets, musicians, and people who enjoy life.

Ghost Town Flyer September 8 2016
Christopher Luna’s flyer for the official book launch for Meet Me Where I Left You

Advance Praise for Meet Me Where I Left You

Tommy Gaffney, author of Whiskey Days and Three Beers From Oblivion: Tiffany Burba is a generous storyteller cursed with a muse that won’t sit still. Her work is more than a simple love story or an homage, though.  Her poems are as much a part of her being as perspiration or tears. In Meet Me Where I Left You, the love is real, the hurt is real, the longing, the sadness, the courage, all of it is real. Tangible. “Soup Dumplings” and “Recovery” speak loudest to me, though the exercise of picking favorites from this book is akin to picking favorite waves in the ocean.

Mike G., Portland poet/performer: In Meet Me Where I Left You, Tiffany Burba creates brave wordscapes of love broken, love restored, and dreams of New York. With vast humanity and invincible heart this collection does what great poetry always does: it heals us.

April Bullard, author of The Sock Thief and Goody Hepzibah’s Harvest Tales: The honest exposure of needs, desires, and relationships thrown against the bustling backdrop of The Big Apple grabbed my attention. Taste and walk your way through a birthday trip to New York City, through the eyes and heart of a fiercely passionate woman searching for a love that will join souls into one eternal, burning star. The raw energy and pure need revealed in the author’s unveiled prose will sting, searing a striving silhouette of hope between these pages.