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 * Noir Librarian *

 
Noir Librarian


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Here are deft, appealing poems with a swath of mischief, a dash of humor and ample humanity, perfect for those who still need to be convinced that 1) poetry does not have to be boring; 2) poetry does not have to be incomprehensible; 3)poetry does not have to resemble raw, unskilled spillage of emotions and happenstance. And, further, here are poems for librarians, any librarians, and for those who've ever even met, even seen a librarian. Meet—Noir Librarian.
—Suzanne Lummis author of Open Twenty-Four Hours

Marilyn N. Robertson has a poem in Speechless The Magazine, The Boston Literary Magazine, Chopin with Cherries, A Tribute in Verse, a Poem of the Month for Writers at Work, and a poem in the on-line journal, Capitol and Main. Selected for Poetry in the Windows, a grant project of the Arroyo Arts Collective, she had a poster of her poem up at a business on Figueroa. UCLA Extension featured her in a success-stories series. A poem and accompanying essay appear in the book, Master Class: The Poetry Mystique. Two of her poems appear in Wide Awake, the Poets of Los Angeles.


 
 * Leave With More Than You Came With *

 
Leave With More Than You Came With


Leave With More Than You Came With
By Christian Lozada and Steve Hendrix
 

Too often, class and poverty are ignored in writing about life in America and specifically in the diaspora that leads people to California. Leave With More Than You Came With is a moving odyssey of mixed-race and multi-ethnic working-class families through other displaced communities. In this collection of fine poems, we travel through the South, Hawai’I, San Francisco and end in San Pedro, “on the hill next to Bukowski.” A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the longings of those who come to the Pacific West.
—Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series and co-author of Terminal Island: The Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor.

Christian Lozada and Steve Hendrix aim to help you leave with more than you came with. Through the process of coming to terms with the years that must be forgotten, these poems offer geographic lessons and explain why we are all immigrants. Circling the South Bay and San Pedro and over the ocean to Maui, Lozada and Hendrix grapple with racism, dementia, and identity in order to transform worry and doubt into a book of beauty.
—Mike Sonksen, author of Letters to My City


 
 * What I Didn't Say *

 
What I Didn't Say


What I Didn't Say
By James Mauch
 

James Mauch's work over a long career has been collected in this brilliant book. Anyone who teaches or who lives the life of the mind will be moved by the kindness at the center of What I Didn't Say. Here, Mauch gives us a view into compassionate intellectualism, a view that smart people can and should use their intelligence to find their way into emotion. It's beautiful and touching. It is the work of a true poet.
—John Brantingham, Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Born and raised in Maywood, California, James Mauch earned his BA in English in Mexico City, Mexico and his MA in English at UC Berkeley. He taught English at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California for thirty years. During a sabbatical in 1973-1974 James lived in Fayence, France translating modern French poetry into English. Co-translator: Modern Hindi Poetry, 1963 edition. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Western Humanities Review, Poetry Northwest, The Malahat Review, and others. He resides in Claremont, California.


 
 * Seven Countries *

 
Seven Countries


Seven Countries

 

On January 27, 2017, the 45th President of the United States issued Executive Order 13769. Protests, airport chaos, and legal resistance quickly followed. The order is titled, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," but is more commonly known as "the Muslim ban." Citizens from the following 7 countries were, in effect, barred from entering the United States: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

On February 9, 2017, a temporary restraining order against the ban was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. On March 29, 2017, the ban's replacement, Executive Order 13780, was halted by an indefinite preliminary injunction. It has been determined that both bans violate the constitution of the United States.

The pages of this anthology contain the voices of Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan, Syrian, and Yemeni, as well as Egyptian and Moroccan, poets.

All the proceeds from this book will go to the American Civil Liberties Union.