Catch-up Links to William Archila; Alexis Rhone Fancher; Alex Umlas

Saturday, January 5, 2019

I am happy to report that Eileen Aronson Ireland I are beginning to collate the poems that will go into her first book of poems. Eileen is one of the last surviving members of the Venice West poetry scene that included Stuart Perkoff, John Thomas, Frank T. Rios, Tony Scibella, Bruce Boyd, Bonnie Bratton, and Lawrence Lipton. We hope that the book will be out in the Fall of 2019 from IF/SF Books, and that it will enable those who are thinking of assembling a comprehensive anthology of Los Angeles poets to grasp how large a volume will be required. There has not yet been an anthology of L.A. poets that include the work of William Pillin, Gene Frumkin, and Alvaro Cardona-Hine along with the above poets. Perhaps it will have to be an electronic book, or at least one in which the a supplementary set of texts can be accessed through various links. My hope is that such a book appears by 2025.

In the meantime, Suzanne Lummis’s anthology, Wide Awake, does a very fine job of giving a sense of the L.A. scenes between 1978 and this mid-decade, and I would urge my readers to consult that anthology as a means of creating a context for the following links.

Alexis Rhone Fancher

“There are worse things than a dead kid,” I think, by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Anna As War Zone (a sister poem)

The last listed link to Fancher’s poetry features “My Body Is a Map of Scars.”

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William Archila

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Alex Umlas

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