Retrograde - By Puma Perl
Paperback: 134 pages
In the mid-70s, Puma Perl happened by the Nuyorican Poets Café on its second night of existence. Along with countless other Lower East Side residents, she discovered that the transformative power of poetry and performance was accessible to her, regardless of class and academic achievement. Decades later--still living in New York City--she is a widely published poet, writer, performer, producer, and photographer.
Puma is the author of two chapbooks, the award-winning "Belinda and Her Friends" and "Ruby True", and the full-length collection "knuckle tattoos". Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including "It's Animal but Merciful" (great weather for MEDIA, 2012), "The Understanding between Foxes and Light" (great weather for MEDIA, 2013), "Maintenant", "Rattle", "The Chiron Review", "Have a NYC" (Three Rooms Press), and "Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis".
She was the co-creator, co-producer, and main curator of DDAY Productions which mounted shows in many New York City venues and highlighted emerging artists. Her newest venture is Puma Perl's Pandemonium, which brings together poetry with rock and roll. As Puma Perl and Friends, she performs regularly with a group of excellent musicians. She continues to be transformed.
"Puma Perl is a remarkable poet and an exciting performer. Retrograde is a true contemporary masterpiece." - John Sinclair, poet, jazz and blues historian, former manager of the MC5, radio host, and political activist With "Retrograde", Puma Perl goes back in time in order to move forward-and what a trip this proves to be. This is a journey of life and survival among the ghosts and dreams of a past captured with full honesty and sharp humor (sometimes self-deprecating, other times pinning the tail on absurdity). Funny, smart, dirty yet tender, Puma Perl brings the descriptive eye of Lou Reed to her apocalyptic rock and roll vision of the world.
Cover photo by Bill DesJardins. Author photo by Len DeLessio.