John Brantingham: A Poet Laureate

by Brian Dunlap

downloadLos Ángeles poet and writer John Brantingham has been chosen as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ first Poet Laureate.

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Voices of the City: Robin Coste Lewis’ fierce and arresting poetry has its roots in Compton

By Jeffrey Fleishman

The white fence is new but the tree she planted as a child still stands in front of the wood house, now stucco, pale yellow and cracked, forgotten Christmas lights hanging from its eaves. She laughs.

Time sucks her back, the way it does, and she talks about backyard camping, cockfights and how men dressed up in suits after dinner and strolled through Compton until way after dark, imagining what they might have become if they were another color. Not black.

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