Letter From LA: 04-01-2021

Bob Dylan turns 80 on May 14, 2021, and in honor of this anniversary, I’ve decided to listen to every Dylan album I can get my hands on (I have about 25 on CD and vinyl; the rest I’ll listen to via Amazon Music Unlimited); watch every documentary and feature I can get access to […]

Letter From LA: 03-18-2021

We had a glorious short burst of rain Tuesday night, March 9, which left the city sparkling with puffy white clouds, clean air and baby-blue skies. It was a gorgeous, brisk winter day, the kind of weather that most likely drew thousands and thousands of emigrants to Southern California decades ago (along, of course, with […]

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet and Publisher, Dies at 101

From Bill Mohr’s Blog, Koan Kinship: Lawrence Ferlinghetti is Dead; Long Live City Lights Feb. 23, 2021 — Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919 – 2021) Early this afternoon, I heard the news that Lawrence Ferlinghetti had died. I guess that Naomi Replansky will remain the oldest living American poet for at least a little longer. Tributes to […]

Gerald Locklin (1941-2021)

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Gerald Locklin (1941-2021) The W-E Bicoastal Poetry Reading Series took place this afternoon and it went very well, though my heart was incredibly heavy. Shortly after 1 p.m., I learned that Gerald Locklin had died shortly before 8 a.m. Eileen Klink, the chair of the English Department at CSU Long Beach, […]

What’s in a Name?

By Harley W. Lond In this age of Trumpistic double-speak and alternate facts, we need to take a closer look at our history and begin to understand how evil has come to be memorialized in our culture. The vestiges of racism, slavery and corruption need to be eradicated; one step in that direction has already […]

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