SAN DIEGO POETRY ANNUAL 2011 - 12: THE BEST POEMS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE REGION
(Rainbow, CA: Garden Oak Press, 2012)
The San Diego poetry scene thrives, enriched by its diverse voices. This is most apparent in SAN DIEGO POETRY ANNUAL 2011 - 12 which brings together the talents of 226 poets (326 poems), including an expanded bilingual section, in its sixth, and largest, collection. These poets offer a wide range of sensibilities and subjects which embody the complexities of the region.
It's no surprise that poetry of place figures prominently in this edition -- whether it's Christina Buress speaking as Interstate 5:
Beyond the twisted chain link fence
past dry chaparral and scrub oak
are twelve lanes of me
source of roar
rubber pursuing concrete on asphalt
or Linda Engel Amundson, in "On the Line," depicting the border, certainly as a demarcation, but also as a frame of mind full of friction and intimidation:
that says you may not enter
let them show you badges
then spit on the ground
where all faults lie in wait
San Andreas, San Jacinto, Coalinga
[where, fixing a pick-up truck,
guys] pass socket wrenches
and drink Modelo
wish for a good life
for los ninos
and beautiful women
tattoos are a force field
that keep the life sucking
And, like San Diego County itself, beach, suburban, mountain and desert settings particularize many of these poems, though some poets look beyond their home turf to Lake Tahoe, Hawaii, Omaha Beach and Monet's garden at Giverney.
In this sixth edition of the poetry annual, you'll find truth-telling -- as when Trish Dugger admits
like maybe I'm
the only one
who doesn't get
the red wheel
and the white
the rain yeah
I get the rain
-- or tall tales, as when Jon Wesick warns us in his hilarious "Polar Bears Make Bad Neighbors"
especially the one with jailhouse tattoos.
Like, I'm supposed to believe those teardrops
are just for ringed seals!
He never works. All he does
is sit around the pool in his Speedos.
Dip into the talent and scope of the San Diego poetry scene. SAN DIEGO POETRY ANNUAL 2011 - 12 is both engaging and comprehensive. Enjoy.