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Moonday & Luis J. Rodriguez

Jun 15, 2016

Luis-Rodriguez-governor-620x350Content courtesy of Moonday Poetry Series (thank you, Lois. P. Jones!):

We’re so excited about our June features! Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles will shake up Moonday with new work and a taste of his fantastic anthology of Los Angeles, “Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles.”

Ron Starbuck is flying in all the way from Houston to share his transcendent, deeply moving poetry from his last books as well as the soon to be released “There is Something About Being An Episcopalian.”

Luis J. Rodriguez was appointed Poet Laureate of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. His poetry book, My Nature is Hunger, won the 2005 Paterson Book Award. His 1993 memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., with close to half a million copies sold, became one of L.A.’s most checked out in libraries—and one of the most stolen.

For over 30 years, Rodriguez has facilitated poetry workshops and readings in prisons, homeless shelters, juvenile facilities, public and private schools, community centers, migrant camps, universities and bookstores.

Rodriguez is founding editor of the small press, Tía Chucha Press, now in its 25th year, and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. His latest book is It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing, a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. This spring, Rodriguez introduced a new Tia Chucha Press anthology, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Coiled Serpent is a highly anticipated anthology featuring well-known Los Angeles poets.

 

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The Quiet Woman

The quiet woman roams in the din of belly screams.
She knows rivers and caves and curbsides.
She knows the advent of furled fists.
She is the quiet woman, shadow on park bench,
pushed into needle grass, a disheveled syllable
uttered between makeshift schemes. The burden
of memories is the salvage of fantasy flames,
the mossed-faced shoes stare streams through stria.
Here comes the quiet woman, a blossom in the womb of night.
The miracle-pulp in her hands. She swerves
around odors of hurt, odors of neglect,
of treachery and a lie. What’s the scent of a poem?
The quiet woman knows; she breathes it in
and exhales. Others take the naturalism away,
remove the tender. All that’s left is facade
and caricature. All veneer and word play.
But for a quiet woman, a poem is a smile so open
she’s afraid of falling in.

© 2016 Luis J. Rodriguez, My Nature Is Hunger, new and selected poems: 1989-2004.

 

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Monday Poetry Series with LA Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez
Sunday, June 19th, 4 p.m.
Flintridge Books, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge 91011
Free event
For more info, visit event Facebook page

 

Ron Starbuck; photo by Mary Beth Touchstone

Ron Starbuck; photo by Mary Beth Touchstone

 

Ron Starbuck is a poet-writer, and an Episcopalian who has been deeply engaged in an Interfaith–Buddhist–Christian dialogue for many years. He holds a lifelong interest in Christian mysticism, comparative religion, theology, and various forms of contemplative practice. He is the author of When Angels Are Born, Wheels Turning Inward, and There is Something About Being An Episcopalian (which will be available July 1, 2016). Each collection follows a poet’s mythic and spiritual journey that crosses easily onto the paths of many contemplative traditions.

He is also the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Julian Press, Inc., a new literary imprint, and a former Vice President with J.P. Morgan Chase, now serving in the public sector on an information technology executive management team.

 

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