Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pamela Shea and Lois P. Jones Feature at Bolton Hall Museum, August 27, 2017

Returning home has never felt better. After a brief detour to the Montrose Library featuring Dorothy Skiles and Marlene Hitt on July 22, with participation of State Senator Anthony Portantino (see the photos below), we are returning to our home at the Bolton Hall Museum for the August 27, 2017 reading that will feature Pamela Shea, the newest Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga (the eight!) and the eminent and amazing poet Lois P. Jones, presenting her award-winning book, Night Ladder.
The reading will start at 4:30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, at  10110 Commerce Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042, and will include two segments of open mike and refreshments.


Pamela Shea has lived in the Sunland-Tujunga area for nearly 40 years. Her poems appeared numerous times in the local Voice of the Village newspaper, as well as in the monthly newsletter for Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale and the fundraising literature for the Health Ministries of the Foothills. She was a featured reader at the Shouting Coyote Performing Festival in 2004 and also led a workshop at that event on the Poetry of Nature. Since then, she participated in many readings with the Wide Open Readers, led by Elsa Frausto, and the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga at Bolton Hall Museum.

Her extensive record of community service includes many endeavors, such as volunteering for the Verdugo Hills Family YMCA’s annual Current Campaign Support Fund Drive for several years. She was also a member of VHY’s Senior Advisory Committee. She started a poetry group that met weekly at VHY as well as served as a board member for two terms (six years of service) for the Health Ministries of the Foothills. Since being inducted as Poet Laureate in April 2017, Pam has enjoyed reading at a variety of local venues for special events and fundraisers and looks forward to many more such opportunities.

Strawberry Full Moon. Photo by Pamela Shea
Strawberry Full Moon

A clear early morn

Brings spring strawberry full moon

Hibiscus leans in

For a sweet kiss from afar

Tree branches and leaves join in

Heavenly cosmic embrace

6/9/17 – Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea in the Independence Day Parade.

Garden Spider/Two Webs

Garden spider’s web
Enticingly intricate
Drawing deep within
Seducing and then stinging
Path into oblivion

Human world wide web
Networks, systems, internet
Information lures
Its complexity coaxes
Wooing into timelessness
 5/30/2017 – Pamela Shea
Lois P. Jones. Photo by Susan Rogers

Lois P. Jones is a recipient of the 2016 Bristol Poetry Prize, 2012 Tiferet Poetry Prize and the 2012 Liakoura Prize and was shortlisted for the 2016 Bridport Prize in poetry.  Her poetry has been published in anthologies including The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing), Wide Awake: Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond (The Pacific Coast Poetry Series), 30 Days (Tupelo Press) and Good-Bye Mexico (Texas Review Press).  Her poetry collection Night Ladder is the winner of the 2017 Best Book Award from the Glass Lyre Press.

She has work published or forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal,  Narrative, American Poetry Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, The Warwick Review, Cider Press Review and others.  She is Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal, host of KPFK’s Poets CafĂ© (Pacifica Radio) and co-hosts Moonday Poetry.  Lois’s poems have won honors under judges Fiona Sampson, Kwame Dawes, Ruth Ellen Kocher and others.
Links to poems:

A video with poem
 Music for the reading, in between the features and to close the event, will be provided by singer-songwriter from the Los Angeles area, Jeremy But who accompanies himself on an acoustic guitar.  You can listen to three sample songs here:
Here are some photos from Montrose Library from the Village Poets reading that featured Marlene Hitt and Dorothy Skiles, on July 22, 2017.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dorothy Skiles & Marlene Hitt, Saturday, 22 July 2017, Montrose - and Parade Photos with Pam

Due to an exhibition being held at Bolton Hall Museum, Village Poets' July meeting has been moved to nearby Montrose where the Library will present Dorothy Skiles and Marlene Hitt, in a double feature of Village Poets. The flyer for the event was produced by the Montrose Library, located at 2465 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose where the Village Poets reading will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.  Two segments of open mike will also be available for those who wish to read their poems. See you all there!

Over the last eighteen years, Dorothy has been involved in the local poetry scene and her poems have appeared in a variety of community publications. She served as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga from 2012 to 2014 and since 2010, has been a member of the Village Poets of Sunland-TujungaPlanning Group who sponsor a well-established Monthly Poetry Series in the foothills.

Her chapbooks include:The Sidewalk Gallery (1979), Ear to Earth (1996), Spine Flower Blues (1999) - a collaborative work by the Chuparosa Writers, and Riddle in the Rain (2003) –a collaborative work with Marlene Hitt.

Dorothy Skiles and Joe DeCenzo at the Parade 2014

Dorothy’s poems appear in Meditation on Divine Names, edited by Maja Trochimczyk, Moonrise Press 2012, and From Benicia With Love, Edited by Don Peery, Accent Digital Publishing, Redding CA 2013. In July 2015, she was featured in Colorado in Pasadena, Mapping the Artist - Dorothy Skiles by Kathabela Wilson.Her poems also appear in the Altadena Poetry Review - Anthology 2016, edited by Thelma T. Reyna, Golden Foothill Press,2016. Most recently, her poems were published in the Altadena Poetry Review -  Anthology 2017, edited by Elline Lipkin and Pauli Dutton, Altadena Library District, 2017.

Marlene and Lloyd Hitt, Grand Marshalls of the Independence Day Parade, 2017.

Marlene Hitt is a Los Angeles poet, writer and retired educator with local history as an avocation. She has served for many years as Archivist, Museum Director and Historian at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. She is a native Californian and a graduate of Occidental College. She also studied at CSUN, USC, UCLA, Glendale College and Trinity College in Ireland. As a member of the Chupa Rosa Writers of Sunland for nearly 30 years, she has worked with this small group of poets from whom has sprung readings at the local library, the Poet Laureate Program of Sunland-Tujunga, and the currently popular Village Poets. Her poetry received several first place prizes in annual competitions of the Women’s Club, San Fernando Valley, and many awards from the John Steven McGroarty Chapter of the California Chaparral Poets. Congressman Adam Schiff declared Marlene Hitt to be the Woman of the Year 2016 and her name was entered into the Congressional Record.

Her work appeared in Psychopoetica (UK), Chupa Rosa Diaries of the Chupa Rosa Writers, Sunland (2001-2003), Glendale College’s Eclipse anthologies, two Moonrise Press anthologies, Chopin With Cherries (2010) and Meditations on Divine Names (2012),Sometimes in the Open, a collection of verse by California Poets Laureate, and The Coiled Serpent, anthology of Los Angeles poets, edited by Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez (2016). She published chapbooks Sad with Cinnamon, Mint Leaves, and Bent Grass (all in 2001), as well as Riddle in the Rain with Dorothy Skiles, a stack of poetry booklets for friends and family, and most recently a critically acclaimed poetry volume, Clocks and Water Drops (Moonrise Press, 2015). 

More information: 


Please, come home.
Walk into the door of the kitchen
where stew and wheaten bread
steam, where a fire warms.
Your father will tune the strings,
unwrap the bohdran.
I will uncover the harp.
The stew will simmer.
With hands wiped on my apron
I will open my arms
to you, my firstborn child
so long traveling. Your sisters 
will dance. The old ones will smile
through brown, gapped teeth,
will smile blue into your eyes.
Wrapped around you, the old songs,
the scent of turf fire, the smell
of our own wool and you will sing.
While you sleep
I will wrap around you a woven shawl
to shield you. Please come home
to bleating lambs,
to the resting place of love.

Marlene Hitt, published in Clocks and Water Drops (2015)  


That old threadbare word – love
flows in a fabric patterned
with shades of crimson colors,
whispers of mauve and the yellow of dry sun.
Chopin wove love into the air,
Monet stroked it onto canvas.

That word so often patched
nearly falls apart, its meaning frayed –
until a newborn cries 
or a daughter becomes a bride,
until the lace of fifty years together
fully knits. Love unravels
until a friend perceives and cherishes,
until there is an ear ready to listen, 
a shoulder to cry on. Love is repaired
with the consecration of all the threads.

Then, there is delight in love’s stitching,
the worn word renewed
into the One Love.

Marlene Hitt, published in Clocks and Water Drops, 2015


Marlene  and Lloyd Hitt were Grand Marshalls. Photo by Bill Skiles.

Pam Shea, Poet Laureate was the Star!

The Poets had a banner, carried by Spiderman and Auntie Sam.

The team is getting ready, minus the photographer and driver.

The hood was covered in stars, stripes and flowers.

Everyone wore their stars and stripes...

The Poet Laureate dressed up as Betsy Ross.

Joe DeCenzo was the driver and had lots of fun! 

The car of poets drove on...

Having fun in the sun! With stars all over (Maja)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Independence Day Parade and July 22 with Marlene Hitt and Dorothy Skiles in Montrose

The Parade in 2011, Photo by Susan Rogers

The Village Poets Convertible will carry Pam Shea, Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga for 2017-2018 this year, in the Sunland-Tujunga Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, starting at 10 a.m. The Annual Independence Day Parade takes place on Foothill Blvd, down from Mt. Gleason St. to the Sunland Park. Many representatives of government and community organizations participate, including the Little Landers Historical Society, the Verdugo Hills High School and other local schools, firemen, police, bikers' clubs, and more. Village Poets have had a regular presence since 2010 and below you can see some photos. In celebration, let us read some poems, suitable for the occasion.

Photo by Pam Shea


by Pamela Shea

Today I performed a most humbling act
I repaired my home flag, dear Old Glory
I stitched frayed seams with reverential care
While it whispered to me its story

It took me to places where it had been
To battlefields, parades, and many graves
It took me to places of the deepest sorrow
Also to sunny, celebratory days

I envisioned faces of many heroes
Of all colors, races, ages, and creeds
We journeyed to mountaintops and valleys
Commemorating countless courageous deeds

Frayed seams reminded me of frayed families
I thought of all soldiers, alive, dead, or maimed
Thoughts of generations flooded my mind
So many lives for freedom forever changed

I finished my sewing with thankfulness
Completing this sacred task with a prayer
My heart was warmed by appreciation
As I proudly posted the colors with care

(c) 2015 by Pam Shea

Dorothy Skiles with Joe Decenzo at the Parade


by Dorothy Skiles

The Fourth of July’s
Night skies are alight with stars
In celebration

Of our nation’s birth.!
Red, white, blues of many hues
Dance before our eyes.

Children frolic about,
Lovers snuggle on the lawn
All want to stay ‘till dawn!

(c) 2012 by Dorothy Skiles

Joe DeCenzo drives the parade car, 2014

Maja Trochimczyk with daughter Ania, at the Parade, 2010

Joe DeCenzo drumming at the Parade, 2015

Dorothy Skiles, Maja Trochimczyk, Marlene Hitt at the Parade, 2013

Village Poets at the Parade, 2014

Village Poets at the Parade, 2015


Due to an exhibition being held at Bolton Hall Museum, Village Poets' July meeting has been moved to nearby Montrose where the Library will present Dorothy Skiles and Marlene Hitt, in a double feature of Village Poets. Below is the flyer for the event produced by the Montrose Library, located at 2465 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose. The reading will start at 3 p.m. See you there!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Poet Judith Terzi and Artist Monique Lehman Speak on June 25, 2017

Village Poets are pleased to present poet Judith Terzi reading from her newest book, and tapestry artist Monique Chmielewski Lehman discussing her aesthetics, craft and artworks, on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. The Village Poets Monthly Readings are held at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. The readings include also two open mike segments. Refreshments are served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society.


Judith Terzi's poems have appeared in an array of literary journals including Caesura, Columbia Journal, Raintown Review, Spillway, and Unsplendid, as well as in anthologies such as Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the '60s & '70s, and Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and Net, and included in Keynotes, a study guide for the artist-in-residence program for State Theater New Jersey. She taught French at Polytechnic School in Pasadena for over twenty years as well as English at California State University, Los Angeles, and in Algiers, Algeria. Casbah and If You Spot Your Brother Floating By are recent chapbooks from Kattywompus Press. 
Visit her website at

         for B.T.

I couldn't wait to take your name,
never took another's. Why

give up the vigor of a name? Vibration.
Never took my father's again,

or my mother's, her father a burden
no one desired. Possession

through a name was in the air then.
Never a hyphenation, but

a confine, an erasure to camouflage
the solo. Did I belong to you?

To a language learned, fragments of two
I never did? To the haik

I never wore, never daring to seek
pleasure from the silk cloth

caressing my legs, my arms, never
daring to fuse with Algerian

women, their rhythm, their melodic
flow across the whitewashed

city, Alger la Blanche. Did I belong to
the fragrance of orange blossom,

jasmine nights? Translucent noon.
Aquamarine. A name is not

a stone. You can clear a name, you can
name your poison. There was

none, only possession we rushed to own
back then, roles to fill. I still

belong to my father, bear his essence,
sense his incantations, his rituals.

Tunes play in my head when I hear
I didn't catch your name.

Rhymes with Jersey, not curtsy, I say.
Z as in zebra, its roots a wild,

forked geography from mine, mine
a found name my father chose

to disguise origin in another time.
So I ask if your name is still

me. Isn't it only a harmony of rosemary
and thyme, wind raling over

a wrought-iron balcony, shoulders curved
toward the slant of everywhere?

Roll call of earth heaped on both sides
of a fresh wound. Someone else

trickling grief, scattering nicknames
over you. I will never see

the in-betweens of the five letters
of your name. Caress of carnation,

rose. A star, as a name in lights. The last
letter an "I" belong to the story.

(from CASBAH, Kattywompus Press, 2017)


Lehman weaves a portrait of her father comic-book creater Mr. Chmielewski

A native of Warsaw, Poland and a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Monique Lehman is an accomplished and original tapestry artist whose work may be found in museum collections around the world (the Vatican, Long Beach Museum of Art, Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, Poland and the Space Museum in Cape Canaveral, FL), as well as in many American public buildings, city halls, churches, hospitals and synagogues. Her creative output continues the centuries of development of unique fiber art tradition, previously unknown in America and created exclusively by Polish artists.  

Lehman in China with a poster based on her self-portrait tapestry

Monique Chmielewski came from Poland to USA in 1978 invited by an American artist to teach at her studio in California. When the Pope John Paul II visited Chicago, Monique greeted him by presenting his portrait she wove as a 6’ x 4’ tapestry. Since the American TV showed this event on the news, the public learned about the Polish tapestry school.

Working on a tapestry at home

Monique was invited to lecture about art and soon Polish tapestries became desirable objects for American collectors. Ms. Lehman, a member of Zwiazek Polskich Artystow Plastykow, shares her time between exhibiting, working on large commissions, and organizing art shows for artists from China in Poland and Polish artists in American and China museums. She is a real ambassador of Polish Fiber Art. Her knowledge of languages and cultures help her to promote Polish art in Asia and the Americas. This year she was invited as a special guest to World Textile Art in Uruguay and Biennale of Art in Karachi, Pakistan.

Fragment of award-winning Chopin Cape by Lehman

Monique’s accomplishment is bringing European visual criteria to America and China, as well as sharing Polish culture. Her monumental tapestries such as the parochet for Temple Beth El, La Jolla, CA, or the Portrait of St. Francis, typically take several years to complete. The large-scale works created on commission are just one side of her creative talent. She also developed an original style of abstract tapestries, that are three dimensional, may change shapes, and have a rich palette of colors and textures to express their themes.  

With large tapestry at Pasadena City College

Since 2010, she participated in 29 prominent international exhibitions on four continents (Asia, North and South America and Europe), including exhibitions held in: Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada; Oaxaca, Mexico; Beijing and other cities in China; the Lodz Triennale, and many other exhibitions in Poland (Bytom, Czestochowa, Gdynia and so forth), as well as Long Beach, Palos Verdes, Ontario, and Pasadena in California. She was recently invited to show her fiber art as a solo artist in Montevideo, Uruguay, during the WTA Conference in October 2017, and will hold a Retrospective Exhibition in the Museum of Textiles in Beijing, China, in the following year. 

Lehman with her Rain Forest tapestry

She promotes tapestry art by organizing international shows in Europe, China and the U.S. One of her internationally exhibited projects with contributions by 100 artists from 20 countries was the Memorial Tapestry commemorating the victims of 9/11. Monique’s goal was to promote polish art not only in the USA but internationally. The artist participated in many Contemporary International Fiber Art Exhibitions and served as a jury member since 2006. For her achievements in the field of fiber arts, Monique Lehman received an honorary degree of Professor from Zibo Vocational Institute, in the city of Zibo, Shandong Province, China. She included many Polish artists in the largest Fiber Art show in Asia,“From Lausanne to Beijing.” She is a judge of this show and invited eminent Polish professors to join her in selecting the work for display. 

Modeling Wearable Art on the Beach

Working on the tapestry for La Jolla Temple Beth El.
Her unique passion is Wearable Art. In February 2017, she received a prize for her artwork shown
at the International Exhibition of Wearable Art in Palos Verdes, Monique promotes this type of art
which was first invented by Polish art students, who could not buy fashionable or original clothes  
in the 1970s. 

Fragment of tapestry by Lehman

Monday, May 8, 2017

Village Poets present Michael C Ford and John Brantingham, May 28, 2017, Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga

Passing of the Laurels 2017: Elsa Frausto, Dorothy Skiles, Marlene Hitt,
Joe DeCenzo, new poet laureate, Pamela Shea and Dr. Maja Trochimczyk

The joy of poetry continues in the foothills... After the 2017 Passing of the Laurels Ceremony and crowning PAMELA SHEA the Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga for the years 2017-2019, we are proud to present two of the most famous and accomplished poets of California, MICHAEL C. FORD AND JOHN BRANTINGHAM, both with an extensive record of book publications and public appearances (see below). 

They will co-feature on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga, the Historic Monument No. 2 in the City of Los Angeles. The Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. and celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society, a dedicated group of community volunteers. 
It is only the second time in the history of Village Poets Monthly Readings (since 2010) that we feature a Pulitzer Prize Nominated Poet, Michael C. Ford. Our first Pulitzer Prize Nominee was John Z. Guzlowski (April 2011) who also recently received the Benjamin Franklin Prize for his poetry. The readings include a featured poet (20 min. each for two poets) and two open mike segments. Refreshments are served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue. The Village Poets group consists of: Marlene Hitt, Joe DeCenzo, Dorothy Skiles, Elsa S. Frausto, and Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, all former Poets Laureate of Sunland Tujunga.  


Michael C. Ford

Michael C. Ford is a poet, playwright and recording artist. He has been publishing steadily, since 1970 and credited with over 28 volumes of print documents.
He’s been featured on approx. 65 spoken word tracks that include California Artists Radio Theatre productions plus 4 solo recordings. Since 1985. His debut vinyl {Language Commando} received a Grammy nomination [1987] and his Selected Poems  [1998] earned a Pulitzer nomination on the 1st ballot.

His poetic narrative titled VIETNAM /  PEACE CASUALTIES published on-line for  November 3rd  Club was nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize. His first CD document was Fire Escapes; was a 1995 entry from New Alliance Records & Tapes. His 2010 document is titled 20TH Century Goodbye:  the  production being a collaboration between Michael Campagna and Larry Thrasher:  both of whom brought their Psychic TV chops to the project. 

Hen House Studios has been promoting and marketing his CD   Look Each Other in the Ears [2014]. That document, in both vinyl and CD formats features a stellar band of musicians, not the least of which were surviving members of a 1960s theatre
rock quartet that most of you will remember as The Doors.  His most recent volume of poetry published by Word Palace Press  is titled Women Under The Influence {2016}

  • Stuttering in the Starlight (1970)
  • There’s a Beast in My Garden (1971)
  • The Mt. Alverno Review [editor: West Coast anthology in tribute to Kenneth Patchen] (1971)
  • Sheet Music [chapbook-length poem] (1972)
  • Lacerations in a Broom Closet [prose] (1973)
  • Lawn Swing Poems (1975)
  • Rounding Third (1976)
  • West Point [chapbook-length poem] (1977)
  • Sleepless Night in a Soundproof Motel (1978)
  • Prologue to an Interview with Leonard Cohen [replicated broadside] (1979)
  • Foreign Exchange [editor: National Anthology] (1979)
  • Two American Plays (1980)
  • Sloe Speed [chapbook-length poem] (1984)
  • Prior Convictions (1985)
  • Ladies Above Suspicion (1987)
  • Twice [a sheath of broadsides] (1989)
  • Tourguide Machinegun (1992)
  • Cottonwood Tract [chapbook-length poem] (1996)
  • Emergency Exits [ Selected Poems: 1970-1995] 1998 Pulitzer nomination – REVIEW – Michael C Ford immortalizes and, in many instances, resurrects not only past popular iconic figure, but those neglected regions and landmarks from the Pacific Northwest to the shores of Lake Michigan, marking passages of time in America. – Los Angeles Times
  • Nursery Rhyme Assassin (2000)
  • To Kiss the Blood off Our Hands (2007)
  • The Marilyn Monroe Concerto [3-movement pamphlet edition] (2007)
  • The Demented Chauffeur (2009)
  • The Las Vegas Quartet [single poem pamphlet edition] (2011)
  • San Joaquin County Solutions [collaboration with North Central Valley photo-journalist Rose Albano Risso (2011)
  • Atonal Riffs to a Tone-Deaf Borderguard (2012)
  • Women Under the Influence (2016)

                    To Laurel  Ann Bogen

have a good idea, Laurel Ann!
whenever you get real down and 
sad and flippy and  gloomy and 
wig'd out and your whole head feels 
like the Hindenburg making you feel 
like you just want to crash in New Jersey, 

not pretend all poets in Los Angeles 
named Laurel Canyon after you: okay,
but for an assortment of alienated human
beings, it's a crappy canyon full of post
hippie love heads, secular humanists, a 

reactionary corporate criminals with fat 
wallets, an unwholesome variety of 
me-generation burnouts; but I know most 
LA poets would have the best intention: 

one of their own in high esteem; besides,
think about what pigeons in Buffalo, New 
York do to the statues at Lafayette Square! 

see, Laurel Ann, it's really not so terrible to 
be able to move around: turning into some 

petrified memory could be just another stone 


(C) by Michael C. Ford


John Brantingham
John Brantingham teaches creative writing at Mt. San Antonio College, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and the Center for the Arts. He is the author of Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations about Art, an ekphrastic collection. He also published the following books and chapbooks:
  • East of Los Angeles, 
  • Putting in a Window, 
  • The Mediterranean Garden, 
  • Heroes for Today, 
  • Mann of War, 
  • Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods, 
  • The Gift of Form, 
  • The Green of Sunset, 
  • In the Land of Bears, and 
  • Study Abroad. 
Brantingham also co-authored How to Write, a textbook, and wrote The Gift of Form: A Pocket Guide to Formal Poetry. His blog "30 Days until Done" contains different instructions every month: "This month we are writing poems about joy," or "This month, we write poetic letters..." Visit:

Two of his poems were featured by Garrison Keillor on the Writer's Almanac and you can find his books on

It is difficult to praise a book of poems that you already feel so emotionally connected to: it seems unnecessary, a gesture that only takes away from the beauty, wisdom, goodness, honesty, imaginativeness, and spirituality of the work itself. Nevertheless, John Brantinghham’s The Green of Sunset is the finest collection of poems he has ever written, which is saying something, considering he’s been producing excellent work for going on 20 years now. Let the prose poems contained in this collection stand alongside those in Mark Strand’s Almost Invisible and Jim Harrison’s In Search of Small Gods as some of the most accomplished of the past decade. Simply put, these poems are the work of a writer operating at the very top of his craft.

--Paul Kareem Tayyar, Author of In the Footsteps of the Silver King (Spout Hill Press) and Follow the Sun (Aortic Books).

Our best writers weigh their words carefully, and John Brantinghham is certainly one of them. He is a craftsman with a huge heart who cares deeply about people and stories and the chaos we call our lives. His characters are beautifully rendered, real and true, at once vulnerable and courageous. Wise and insightful, Brantinghham's work brilliantly captures the light and darkness in us all.

--James Brown, Author of The Los Angeles Diaries and This River.