There is no theme, no focus in this mix at
least, none that we see. One book contains
the work of four poets chosen for individual effectiveness;
styles and subjects are quite different. Another
volume contains poems on many subjects but was titled for
verses about a wonderfully crowded and comfortable store (Dutton's
Books) that prompts one to say with affection: "It's
what today's chain stores are not." And we should get
good marks for diversity with one volume that takes a Midwestern
farm girl to maturity and another that blends a Persian girl's
memories with adult American impressions.
Four Valley Poets:
Michael Marth, Terence Martin,
Ann Stanton, William Wallis
Introduction by John Zounes
The poets two students and two teachers at Los
Angeles Valley College are remarkable.
Excerpts below from John Zounes's brilliant and incisive essay
capture the essence of their work:
"The Valley, this sixth-largest city over the hill
from the second-largest soon to be the most congested city
north of the busy border; this materialistic mecca, this
bulldozed rolled-back real-estate temple of the drive-in
drive-through drive-out life poetry flourishes here?"
||"I recommend Four Valley Poets."
Michael Marth is "in his own words a dark-side
prober," one who "searches along the shoreline of
human relationships with neighbors, friends, lovers,
family, even strangers (poets have some of their best relationships
||"Reading Terence Martin is like
being forced to hitch a ride . . . and along comes this
erratic driver who offers a trip along with the ride.
You didn't want the trip, just the ride, but . . . they're
one and the same, so you sit back and enjoy both."
Ann Stanton's "work is that of the realist. .
. . Death, injustice, beauty, brutality, the almost-born whatever
her subject, her gaze is unflinching, steady, sure. She chooses,
even in the most anguished setting, 'the full experience.' "
"Reading Bill Wallis is a little like watching
the needle tremble on a seismograph."
"The intensity with which Wallis examines
his unique interior world urges readers to delve
more deeply into their own unique interiors."
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Dutton's Books by William Wallis
This slender volume of lyric verse begins in a
familiar cultural haven in the San Fernando Valley, the
Dutton family's bookstore at Magnolia and Laurel Canyon:
Piles of books and prints are vague mirrors in which
The film of memory stretched
out behind you appears.
Verses then move outward across hidden paths and through
secret lives. They range as far as Chernobyl, Romania, and
the desaparecidos of Argentina. The ordinary becomes
precious, the stranger a lover, the lover a myth.
Yet I will remember when the dark cloud
Of your hair rocked my breath with
Its gentle motion, its raven strands
Catching the morning light as your lips
Drank my honeyed
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Traveling Inland by Flora Foss
The poet uses her keen eye to observe the peaks and
valleys of her life and from her observations educates
We are not
By moon, sun
splintered in rooms,
flowers we put on,
Or by the
offering of a cup.
Nature is full of hard-won secrets signaled by the
bird's cry, the soft crunch of the bare foot in snow.
The poet traces the truth of her life from a withdrawn,
rural childhood farm to the rich adulthood of mother
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With an incisive introduction by Peter
Marin, this collection
"walks around Eros, peers into one of its aspects or
engages Eros close to home and far away ...."
If our motion warmed the universe,
Or time's end interrupted our dance,
Would the rush of your breath cease beneath me?
Were your eyes less rich, scent less sweet,
Willowy body less splendid in surrender,
Would our bed no longer rise and spin?
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