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West Coast Post-Journal w/Bad Camera Phone #5

I saw Michael Martinez’ and Craig Santos Perez’ (MM introduced me to CSP’s work) books at City Lights Bookstore. City Lights! I enjoyed both of these books–Heredities and from unincorporated territoryand here they were. Does being on City Light’s shelf make you a big dog? Should I want to be a big dog? Arf.

Martinez and Perez are a part of what has been articulated as THE LATINO AVANT GARDE. There is something exciting going on with the “latino avant garde,” what they’re negotiating and how they’re negotiating it. Keep yr eyes peeled. I’m trying. Or look here, here, or here. Feel free to add more “here’s.” Obviously, I’m attached to one source.

Here’s an old dog I met:

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.

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