Thursday, May 13, 2010

POP ART: An Anthology of Southern California Poetry, a reading review

This evening, voices from all over Southern California gathered at the immaculate Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton to read from POP ART: An Anthology of Southern California Poetry published by Moon Tide Press. The former estate of orange grove tycoons, the Muckenthaler sprawls with rolling green lawns, airy courtyards, and spanish staircases that take us back to a time when poetry was read in front of fireplaces at Saturday evening cocktail parties, the perfect setting for such a wonderful group of readers. 10 Southern California poets were featured each reading two pieces from the book: Steve Goodyear, Jane Hilary, April Jones, Robert Lanphar, Heather Autumn Love, Gabriella Miotto, Danielle Mitchell, Edward Obuszewski, Jessica Patapoff, and Daniel Romo. What is especially unique about this book is that each poet was recommended by another Southern California poet. For instance, Eric Morago recommended Jessica Patapoff, a talented young poet who writes with an old world flair. She is receiving her MFA from Cal State Long Beach, also where Eric completed his MFA. Danielle Mitchell, who is making her way up quickly in the So Cal scene, was suggested by Ben Trigg of Two Idiots Peddling Poetry which features every Wednesday at the Ugly Mug in Orange. Daniel Romo was recommended by G. Murray Thomas and April Jones from Mindy Netiffee. Anyway, you get the idea. The collection is eclectic and diverse, each poet brining an element of our lovely metropolis to the table. These up and coming Southern California voices should be taken note of as each will be a name not soon lost in the shuffle.

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