Garrett Caples

Garrett Caples

  • Garrett Caples is 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 the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013). He is the poetry editor at City Lights Books and curates the Spotlight Poetry Series there. He is also a contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written articles and blogged for the Poetry Foundation and occasionally blogs for He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in San Francisco.

    (Photo by Jeff Mellin)

  • Reviews

    [The Garrett Caples Reader] displays genuine intellectual engagement along with its playful exuberance, making for a most winning combination.
    —Publishers Weekly

    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...
    —Don Share

    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

    Power Ballads


    Quintessence of the Minor

  • Poems
    - "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

  • Video
    Reading with Andrew Joron for the release of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia:

    Reading three poems:

  • Wednesday OCTOBER 19, 2016 8:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Hoa Nguyen.

    St Mark’s Poetry Project, 131 E 10th St, NYC, NY

    Sunday OCTOBER 23, 2016 6:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with erica lewis and Gina Myers for the Philly Reading Series: Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover.

    Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, 10th St. and Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, PA

    Tuesday OCTOBER 25, 2016 7:30pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Matt Longabucco.

    GUTS at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, NYC, NY

    Wednesday OCTOBER 26, 2016 7:30pm

    Garrett Caples will read at the Gloucester Writers Center.

    Gloucester Writers Center, 126 E Main St, Gloucester, MA

    Friday NOVEMBER 4, 2016 7:30pm

    Garrett Caples will read with C.S. Giscombe and Jennifer Kronovet.

    Studio One, 365 45th Street, Oakland, CA

    Tuesday DECEMBER 6, 2016 7:30pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Michael McClure.

    Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph AVE, Berkeley, CA

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