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volume 1 number 1 November 2003
 
 

Welcome to the first issue of poeticdiversity, a quarterly on-line publication representing the Los Angeles poetry community.

My entry into the LA poetry scene was sparked by the gentle urging of Litrave member Charlotte O'Brien, who was hosting a poetry reading, called MIA at Tanner's in Santa Monica. I hadn't written anything in YEARS, but on January 8, 2002, I sat down in front of a computer, opened my mind, and began to write. It hasn't stopped since.

The first thing that caught my attention and still surprises me, is the richness and diversity of the scene itself. LA is an immigrant city, and by virtue of its geography, has many communities of art and poetry that would take many years, if not a lifetime to explore. The purpose of poeticdiversity is to provide a forum for all to be equally represented and to foster an appreciation for the incredible and constantly evolving community of LA poets.

All the poets in this first issue come from different backgrounds, cultures and have different ways of expressing themselves. From the brilliantly demented, traditional poetry of B.D. Love, the fusion of sense and sensuality of Mani Suri, to the impassioned power in the spoken word of Rachel Kahn, these featured poets, as well as the contributors, run the gamut of formal to slam.

I would like to extend my deepest thanks to everyone involved, but especially note the following: Laura Lionello, poeticdiversity's feature editor, for her patience when I was stuck in the editorial process. Special thanks to the family of Aaron Keller for generously allowing us to publish his beautiful poetry. Poetix editor Jack Bowman, for passing on the poetic word. Mark Heinsoo, for his timely suggestions and sage advice.

The biggest thanks goes to Reggie Ige, webmaster, photographer and friend extraordinare, for designing poeticdiversity and putting up with a very picky and panicky Marie on many occasions.
We have included an on-line store for the poets who have merchandise, so please take a gander and support your fellow artists; the money goes back to them. We also have a message board, so please feel free to leave feedback on the poetry or any issues you feel need to be addressed.

Enjoy poeticdiversity, it's not just for me and for you, but for everyone.

marie lecrivain

editor
poeticdiversity


staff  
executive editor/publisher marie lecrivain
contributing editors g murray thomas, charles claymore, carol smallwood, angel uriel perales, deborah l. warner, annette sugden
guest editor apryl skies
art editor maurico alejandro ramos
webmaster reggie ige
mascots puff, guinness, mr. poe (dearly departed), and vince