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   Sheikha A.
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   Kevin Berger
   Mike Berger, Ph.D.
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   Adam Bresson
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   Jack Bristow
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   Alan Britt
   Michelle Brodeur
   Lynne Bronstein
   Charles Brooks
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   Deborah Edler Brown
   Adam Levon Brown
   Jason Sanford Brown
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   Tony Bush
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   Neil Campbell
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   Julia Carlson
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   Jonathan Carr
   Patricia Carragon
   Oscar Carrasco
   Jared Carter
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   Lisa Castro
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   Nika Cavat
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    Cerise
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   Beth Cheng
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   Darice Clark
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   Kim Cochran
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   David Concepcion
   Christiane Conesa-Bostock
   Brendan Connell
   Alice Constantine
   Jack Cooper
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   Natalie Crick
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    Dalton
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Amélie Frank
May 2006
   

 

I is there a los angeles poetry community? (you're damned skippy! special ellyn maybe edition)

<1>To Fred Dewey and Bill Mohr

And with apologies to our unmentioned, but much beloved Orange County Brethren

For those perplexed about the state
of Los Angeles poetry and wondering
whether an Angeleno is an Angeleno
(answer: yesa lot more than
The O.C. is anything Orange County),
perhaps a third-generation daughter
of the orange groves, the Lockheed plant
and the full-service Mohawk gasoline station,
a child raised on milk from the Jessup Dairy
and the transistorized voice of Vin Scully
can deliver some 411 on the poetry of
the 213, the 818, the 310, the 323,
and the 626.

S.A. Griffin says there is a river
and that river is Frank T Rios,
the real-deal Venice Beat
who recalls when poetry
was banned in Venice in the 1950s,
who sidles along the Boardwalk
with our grandfather John Harris,
our bearded crone of many colors FrancEyE,
the late, limerick-prone Joseph Hansen,
heedless of the weather
mindful of the magnificent array of funky dogs
poetry sank its roots early and permanently
into the sand, the tar, the Graumans concrete
watered by the citys other river that meanders
from the north Valley headwaters, past the
Jessup cows, through Frankie Drayus
beloved Se-PUL-Veda basin, Frogtown and
onward to where the giant ants play and the
singing n dancing teenagers rumble,
all under the laconic, loving eye
of Lewis Macadams, he with the silent matinee
idols face and his words anchoring all government
in Van Nuys. The riparian concourse
finds Rafael F.J. Alvarado, Christian Elder,
and Mauro Monteiromaking like Huck, Jim,
and Mauro Monteirodrifting south aboard a raft
toward Raindog territory, full-tilt Bukowskiville,
those other Sonnets of the Portugese.

Wait, this just in! Stan Chambers KTLA reporting
live from the redundant tar pits, where a volcano
is rarin to blow. Cue Tommy Lee Jones. Cue
Ann Heche. Oh, naw, wait, forget about it
send the Teamsters home. Its no volcano,
its Scott Wannberg erupting with his usual
spontaneous overflow. Hes wearing the bold, red T-shirt
that reads My grandparents went to Tintern Abbey
and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.
Scott sings, The lava and the T-shirt went dancing down the
Wilshire Blvd. of Love. O, the humanity!
The humanity made a collect call to your
Television, and the War got up and cooked
itself a grilled cheese sandwich.
Scotts words descend upon
the Fairfax district like Godzilla
after hes spent waaaay too much time in Nelson
Garys garage. The words send Mark Salerno
dashing down the Miracle Mile looking for
a good 70s disco reference. The words send
Richard Beban on another 50-city poetry
Tour. The words sell Brother Doug Knott
up the river in a steamboat. Dont trust his
deck of cards, Slick! The words try to yap
their into the ears of Michael C Ford,
who brushes them off his epauletsdont
even think about messing with the hair.
Ask Carlye Archibeque what its like when
the words get stuck in her throat. She threw
the coolest wedding ever in Angeleno
history, inviting all the Hollywood dead
to share in her joy. The bride wore black.
The best man wore fangs. And Brendan Constantine
made a cameo appearance in the role of the valet
from Sunset Blvd.

Somewhere on the other side of the Tar Pits,
Brother Mike Mollett is smearing himself with
mud and going walkabout. Steve Abee conducts
manic surveillance of Mikes wanderings from
a badly disguised bus. Heres the scary part:
Jack Brewer is driving. He has no steering wheel.
Why isnt Jack Grapes on the bus?
Richard Modiano rides shotgun, taking furtive
notes of Mikes movements in kanakata for the record.
The record will show that Peter Layton wrote much,
taught many, but spoke little. The record will show
that the sorceress Marie Lecrivain and shapeshifter
Erica Erdman continue to cast a charmed circle
around the citys poets, dispatching immaculate black cats<
to cozy up to any poet whose heart has hit the skids.
Occasionally, Erica goofs off and morphs into William
Burroughs. But I bring good news! Bob Fosters
breakfast cereal has been returned to him at last
(and just in time, because Peggy Aylesworth
wants something crunchy in the ayem).
Alongside the Vermont onramp
to the southbound 101,Terry McCarty is
selling really, really big oranges. Look down
yonder at the hozy-gosy in the #4 lane, and
youll see G. Murray Thomas trying to herd
a bunch of Jessup you-know-whats. And
here comes Bowerbird in overalls to milk them.
Here comes Kate Gale with fresh eggs to
make French toast. Here come Ron and Doug
Dvorkin to eat the first batchextra syrup and
butter for my boy, please. Here comes Mark Savage
with an old Kodak Instamatic with those old
ice cube flash bulbs to get a happy father and son
portrait. Here comes the ghost of Kathleen Hietala
in every breath we take.

And what of Beyond Baroque? Originally, we were
going to call it Beyond Gothic, but the idea of
all those pasty poets looking like the lead singer of
The Cure was just . . . not L.A. poetry.
What L.A. Poetry is is the vision of Philomene Long,
carrying dozens of scarlet roses, inhaling once more
the scent of her husband John Thomas from
every errant petal. Its the citys three graces
Sarah Maclay, Jeanette Clough, Pam Ward
performing panegyrics among the cacti in the
Huntington Gardens. Its Beverly Lafontaines voice.
Katherine Williams cello. Mani Suris sartorial devotions.
Jim Natals secret passwords. Jamie OHallorans throat.
Linda J. Albertanos drums. Jeff Rocklins power-chord tresses.
The American psychopomp that IS Vic Day.
Its Richard Garcia in the trenches at Childrens Hospital.
Its Kaaren Kitchell festooned in sea foam on the shore of
an uncharted Greek isle. Its Michael Lenhart putting his kids
first. Suzanne Lummis historic hut of rocks. Teresa Willis
ethereal decency. Matthew Niblock humming the gospel
that bleeds in his too, too human hands.
Its Lee Rossi and Ray Lanthier leading
free weekly workshops. Its Larry Colker and
Jim Doane setting the right example. Its the sun rising
in Imani Tollivers indestructible smile. Its Laurel Ann
Bogens yellow VW bug lugging pumpkins to decorate for
Halloween in Rat City. Its Peter J. Harris voice interwoven
with the strains of Round Midnight. Its the justice in Gerry
Quickleys eyes. Its Kamau Daaoud keeping the doors and
the minds of The World Stage open. Its an El Segundo blue
butterfly alighting in Thurston Seatons hand.
Its Neil Aitken on a new mission, not the Father Serra type.
Its Gale Wronskys earrings, Alicia Partnoys screams,
Ron Koertges Mummy, Chris Abanis cool,
Don Kingfisher Campbells beard, Dave Nordlings altitude,
Catherine Dalys exquisitely parted flaxen hair,
Jawanza Dumisanis spontaneously combusting scarecrow,
Deena Metzgers Topanga Canyon wolves,
Jim Cushings SRO events in SLO,
and Peter Coca singing at the top of his street vendors voice,
Lookin good peacock!
Its Allen J. Friedman kicking our asses from the grave.
Its David St. John inflating his lyre.
Its Terry Stevenson peeking from behind a Joshua Tree
and hoping that we havent noticed him in that brash
Hawaiian shirt. Its another round of mojitos on Bart Edelman
and Rex Wilders licked off all the salt again.
Its B.H. Fairchild copping every award but the Pulitzer, thank you.
Its Eloise Klein Healy rapping on possums.
Its kissing a toad and discovering
youve just frenched Gerald Locklin.
Its Rick Weinberger helping to put away the chairs.
Its Anne Silvers gloves planting 700 trees along Venice Blvd..
Its Robert Arroyos grief for his lost daughter. Its the
Passion of Bob Flanagan and Viggo Mortensens humility.
Its Tucker Smallwood in country.
Its a 21-gun salute for Jack Shafer.
Its Orchid Black as the Naked Girl.
Its Benjamin Weissman at the Armand Hammer.
Its Terry Wolverton and the Womens Building.
Its how much we miss having Robert Wynne, Nicole Harvey,
and Jane Cassady around. Its Michelle Ben-Hur aprowl in
a jungle cat print. Amy Gerstler? Requires no explanation.
Its Florence Weinberger harrumphing with love.
Its Jerry Garcias largesse. Its Merilene Murphy up late
with the hoot owls. Its James Maverick and Christine Palma
infusing the air with our words.
Its Alice Peros flute. Aire Celestes nomme de plume.
Its Elizabeth Ianacci walking the tightrope in stilettos.
Its Paris with Cecelia Woloch. Its Ambika Talwars paintings.
And its the loversMichael Datcher cradling Jenoyne Adams.
Uncle Don Fanning nuzzling Carol Kent Ireland.
Harry Northup singing peaens to the beauty of Holly Prado.
John FitzGerald and Hlne Cardona
wisely eschewing the spring water.
Wanda Coleman tending Austin Straus weary feet.

Its Phoebe Macadams book of flowers, in which the poems
are pressed between the pages to dry for posterity.
Its Maria-Elena Fernandez slow slow quick-quick slow,
Donna Gebron as the contemplative Madonna,
Carmen Vegas character shoes,
and the mystique of Paddy Campaneros bangs.
Its Dennis Cruz as the Citys sentinel,
Tess. Lotta and Theresa Antonia as the new guard,
Katerina Canyon as the Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga,
and Terrie Silverman as the milliners muse.
Its Alicia Vogl-Saenz not running with scissors.
Its Willie Sims grinning like Baron Samedi and
Blakeslee Stevens incognito. Its St. Teresa Stone stooped over
like a gleaner, working the fresh soil of language.
Its Paul Vangelisti whose very name proffers the good word.
Its Paul Lieber appearing Jesus Christ on The X Files.
And somewhere, Luis Campos designs another crossword
and Ralph Angel does the whole damned thing in ink.

What becomes the legend of Nan Hunt most?
Why isnt Nicole Panter a freeway mural yet?
Is Iris Berry sassing the teacher again?
What is UP with Elena Karina Byrnes naughty lips?
Which twin has the Charles Webb toni?
What color is Peggy Dobreers horse?
Can Brooks Roddan milk some publicity from all this?
Can Holaday Mason plumb our Freudian depths in one hour?
Will I ever get to meet Carine Topal and get to tell her
that I worked for her ex-husband for over seven years?
Well, here are some of the answers.
Its S.A. Griffins electric blue pompadour and anything that
Sweet Lorraine is wearing. Its Paul Koenigs capacity
to see worlds of meaning in a marble, a gumball, the firmament.
Its Rachel Kaans world, and we all just live in it.
Its the ephemeral sweetness of Tekas Fleshy Candy.
Its Mindy Nettifees gutsiness, Debra Edler Browns catsuit,
Stoch Macheks cigar-smoking muse, Wendy Grosskopfs hapless
husband being chased down the driveway by my 78-year-old father.
Its Larry Jaffe from afar, and Brenda Petrakos and
E. Amato? There you are!

But what L.A. Poetry is, tonight, is 100 broadsheets for 100 poets.
Its Ellyn Maybe, resplendent with her time in Europe, Prague
kindly returning her to us in the guise of the Endless Sibling Delight.
Its Rick Lupert, fearless Macintosh artist, precision word jeweler,
and longtime Cobalt host, clearing his throat to tell us whos on deck.
Its our city, an affinity, a community that welcomes all newcomers
be they native geniuses like Claudia Handler or those who
know more about stemware than a caesura. Its the dawn of
an exciting new Brickbat. Its the lingering flavor of old Caffeine.
Its Tom Ianniello and the Iguana Caf, may it rest in peace.
It cannot be systemized, gentrified, socially climbed, or plowed
under by the politics of division. It reveres the hardworking and
snickers uproariously at the self-anointed. It cross-pollinates
too swiftly for any cliques to go the distance. It cannot be quantified,
and its a damned tough thing to photograph. And Baby . . .
its a bear to feed! You couldnt make it over in your own image
if you tried, because its one constant is change.

It is what it is, and I call it my home.

copyright 2006 Amélie Frank