The Water Wars, by Cassandra Dallett, $10, plus $5 s&h
This is the first in a series of chapbook length releases by the Pedestrian Press which will feature Bay Area poets of note. The Waters Wars was previously published in a limited edition (10 copies only) release, as a collaboration between Pedestrian and Gorilla Press. The text has been revised and expanded, with new poems added, making it more than double the size of the original. These poems are an exciting new part of Dallett's body of work. She writes with eloquence about the drought, her concerns as the mother of a young black man in a country where police violence and the prison industrial complex affect that group disproportionately, among other topics relating to sex, race, class, gentrification, and issues of human identity in general. Dallett's signature poetic voice continues to evolve in unexpected ways.