In each of these three poets, the pathos (and the comedy) of questions of social reproduction leads to startling and beautiful modes of what we might call a new poetic militancy.

On poets Allen Ginsberg and Wallace Stevens 

How can I a mere poet capture the xenophobic torturous ugliness of Donald Trump?

As much as this era is defined by division – even in the poetry world – most poets and writers share far more commonalities than differences, even if they are from different regions. Such complex similarities across geographical distance and wandering-bard careers in difference are reunited in Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a recent California poetry anthology published by Otis Books/Seismicity Editions. Subtitled, “Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco,” the collection is comprised of 35 poets and many more specters of comparison.

[Originally published in the November 2016 Faculty Voice, the newsletter of Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers]

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