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Michelle Bitting
Laurel Ann Bogen
Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Lucille Lang Day
Corrinne Clegg Hales
Marsha De La O
Charles Jensen
Eloise Klein Healy
Glenna Luschei
Clint Margrave
Henry Morro
Alexis Rhone Fancher
Phil Taggart
David L. Ulin
Jonathan Yungkans
Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis

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Rae Armantrout
Bart Edelman
David Garyan
Suzanne Lummis
Glenna Luschei
Bill Mohr
D. A. Powell
Amy Uyematsu
Paul Vangelisti
Charles Harper Webb
Bruce Willard
Gail Wronsky

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Elena Karina Byrne
liz gonzález
Grant Hier
Lois P. Jones
Ron Koertge
Glenna Luschei
Rooja Mohassessy
Susan Rogers
Patty Seyburn
Maw Shein Win
Kim Shuck
Lynne Thompson
Carine Topal
Cecilia Woloch

Part 4 Contributors

Tony Barnstone
Willis Barnstone
Ellen Bass
Christopher Buckley
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Boris Dralyuk
Alicia Elkort
Mary Fitzpatrick
Michael C. Ford
Kate Gale
Frank X. Gaspar
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Shotsie Gorman
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Donna Hilbert
Brenda Hillman
Glenna Luschei
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Harry Northup
Holly Prado Northup - In Memoriam
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Shelley Scott - In Memoriam
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Phil Taggart
Californian Poets Part 3: Four Poems
by
Phil Taggart


 

 



Dreamtime and the 101

just past the 405 going south
a neo dharma bum stickered
hybrid SUV passes us

last night I dream of Rick
in the upstairs room on the left
a hidden room      always there

passing Vivid,   the Ford Theater
I saw the Pogues there
graphitti crosses      knocked down road signs

in this dream, Rick is leaving
I gather up what is needed
our paths are so close
a convergence of brothers

we cross into Hollywood
the Knickerbocker    the Beatle’s capitol
more crosses    the Shangri Lodge    Destiny Inn
the crush of downtown

we are on parallel paths
like moving sidewalks drawn close
we touch     then drift a part

Gronk and Spring Street
J-Town     Aztlan
Brew 102 and beautiful bridges

Rick , Rampart and Tommy’s

I wave

the car hurtles down past
the 605       South Whittier
and on

Rick is absorbed    and distant

he waves back

goodbye





The Satyr Sleeps in Light Raining
                   —Perseid meteor showers

He drives    Old Woman Springs Road    looking
for    a place     free      of man’s    light

once    the satyr    floated    on his back
in   a Palm Springs     pool

Perseid      rained    light    in     water

salt      buoyant     like
a dream      it    quiets      him

he     remembers    Perseus     from    back then
the man    was angry     violent

the satyr     was probably     drunk

that was   millennia      ago

they    changed     they    grew up

he’s taking    time   off   work    driving
the Mojave    Lucerne Valley    Landers
a dirt road    aims     right out past
past it    all

he parks    carries      an old canvas cot
camp chair     six pack of beer

climbs    a small   rise         sets camp
thinks about    humans     growing  up

he is   supine        canvas stretches
and  he    encounters  star dust     burning

occasional coyotes   howl    and of course    gun shots

always   gun shots





She is sitting

on the sidewalk
      collapsed into stucco
wall of a bike shop     she
      says hi     when we pass

sweet voice    red hair

a    woman     passed  her
       before us
             eyes concerned
                     looked back

the girl tilts her     head    up
           smiles     scabs     freckles
                       cover her face

she’s new     the homeless tan
            hasn’t darkened
                       toughened her skin

red shirt bicycle patrol     calling
          for help?     calling
                               the police?

the girl lifts up
       off    the sidewalk
straightens
       gathers    her stuff
walks on

she’s    maybe     16





Teacher
       —Poetry Out Loud—2017

Zayan says    she was detained   at airport security    on the flight
          from                LA to Sacramento

she is here to recite poems in our state capital    I am her teacher
this is the last day     of competition    she’s ready to go    I ask
how often are you searched         about every time

patted down    waiting    hands dusted for explosives    this is travel
for this small 17 year old girl    brown skin    a hijab    pulls you out
of line     about    every time

                         first poem flawless      then   intermission

time for last words      this is the poem she came for      a song
a prayer   for      America

what about the poem?     she says     pride     where is the poem
my heart     I offer      betrayal      is here too      let’s hear it one last time

I return to the gallery     Zayan the Senate floor      waiting her turn

she places herself     in front of the mic     and starts    she is
pitch perfect       the poem rolls through the Senate      tears roll
down her cheeks      tears fall through out the chamber

after the show     the crowd      approach    her parents with
compliments      glowing      Zayan finds her way through the crowd
stopped     and stopped    and stopped

she did it    and now      is off to the airport    with her family
into the arms of      the TSA      Homeland Security     America