I’m a writer for Examiner.


I enjoy it, it sharpens my writing and keeps my chops up.

I like reviewing poets.

The poets I review are only the real ones.  This is a statement I make in accordance with the writings and discoveries of my hero Robert Graves.

He said, “Poets are born and not made.”

Check out my column as the LA Poetry Examiner…

 

Los Angeles- LA Poetry Examiner’s Friday pick: “Evening Heat” a mid summer night’s noir

Evening Heat In the Evening Heat under sweat clinging sheets, with a mini-blind moonlight shower,               I sleep… Interval sleep, first light then deep, I am awakened by a small boy’s grinding teeth,…

 

Los Angeles Poetry Examiner’s Friday Pick and Profile: Iris Berry

BIO from Iris Berry.com with photos and writings: Iris Berry has been called a lot of things but one of the best is “A punk rock James Elroy in fishnets.” One of the true and original progenitors of the L.A. punk scene. Her lifetime…

Poet Milo Martin is a little bit of everything and all of the above

In the late 1990’s on Vermont Avenue in artsy Los Feliz, The Onyx Cafe Sunday readings were like going to church. Under the organizational skills of LA Poet Milo Martin and Poet Ben Porter Lewis, there was a motley crew of musicians gathered at

The LA Poetry & Music

and the messianic existence of

Poet Rich Ferguson

LA Poetry Examiner’s Friday Pick: “Shades of Scarlett Conquering” by Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell’s 1975 release of “The Hissing of Summer Lawns” was not received with kindness by the critics of the day. More accustomed to Joni’s sweet love yearnings and flower child with elegance, her move toward jazz and world…

: Ms. Lisa K. Thayer, one of Los Angeles’ poetry sweethearts…

Lisa K Thayer is one of LA Poetry’s sweethearts.  She’s a hands on organizer of poetry with her online “Poetry Juice Bar” as well as co-producer of “The Jazz Poets Social Club” every Sunday evening at Elderberries..
 

The Los Angeles Poetess who coined the term “pro-active”, let’s examine Eve Brandstein

In the music world there are master musicians that have attained their lofty statuses by education and diligence. Though there might be a musician as dynamically talented as the next, there is yet a difference between the great performers and the…

LA POETRY EXAMINER’S FRIDAY PICK: Love is Never Wrong -by Eve Brandstein

Love is Never Wrong How could I not How could I not love you Even when it was clear it was not right Not right from the start Well matched lovers wounded Clutching close for a time Clear as day when we parted Doing what was right Adding another…

LA POETRY EXAMINER’s FRIDAY PICK: 2 poems by Ms. Wanda Coleman, LA’s Poetry Diva of the Ages

In That Other Fantasy Where We Live Forever             -by Wanda Coleman we were never caught we partied the southwest, smoked it from L.A. to El Dorado worked odd jobs between delusions of…

LA Poetry Examiner’s Friday Pick: 3 Poems from Poet Singer Songwriter Blaise Smith

deep dark hole of existence in honor of the baffled faces of my loving folks hanging over my deep dark hole of existence peering down at me, i have never forgotten thee and i have never shewed you away, nor have i ever asked of your helping hands,…


LA Poet Brendan Constantine’s humor & social consciousness leaves us asking for “More, please!”

Always, it is the poet who, through the movement of his own unique creativity is called upon to be the thinker and the giver first, before he becomes the healer through the divine duty of poetry. The poet is one who transposes, and is a conduit of truths in lyrical messages or sonnets delivered after his or her own unique inner process has governed the word play accordingly with the poets characteristics; their choice and preference influenced by indigene or foreign roots, upbringing, and always individual circumstantial life experience. One of the virtuous qualities and appeal of Brendan…

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A wonderful blend of humor and social consciousness, presenting LA Poet Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine is to Los Angeles poetry as a fine wine is to the crystal goblet.  None must ever serve the best in a plastic cup nor present the finest to mediocre company such as the in-laws or the school registrar, but rather one must save the best wine for the head of the company, the CEO or, for the Pope himself. In regard to the poetry reading, when hosting or booking, if you are lucky enough to have a lead to procuring the finesse and verbal tenacity of this poet, consider yourself at the head of the game. Brendan Constantine is one Los Angeles poet whose appeal is universal…

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LA Poetry Examiner Friday Pick celebrating Summer’s arrival with Lawrence Schultz’s “Surfing at 40”

Well, look who finally showed up in Los Angeles… Summer!  It’s about time. And to celebrate, the Friday pick is a couple of surf poems: Surfing At 40 by Larry Schultz and HO-DAD HAIKU  *  – by John W. Hart III from Paper Shredders – An Anthology of Surf Writing, a favorite book of the LA Poetry Examiner edited by G. Murray Thomas and Gary Wright. From the Introduction by G. Murry Thomas: “… Surfers and poets approach life in amazingly similar ways. They both live for experience. They both find joy in the possibilities life has to offer. Most important, they both…

LA’s Mike “The Poet” Sonsken is here to rock the populace & does, with “I Am Alive In Los Angeles!”

Mike The Poet is an LA treasure – from the underground generation. His book, I Am Alive In Los Angeles! is an LA Essential, representing all that LA truly is. Written in the voice of a “people’s poet”, the book has been recognized as culturally educational and has been added to the curriculum of several colleges and high schools. Mike Sonsken’s allure is an exceptionally rare blend that results from being a native Angelino, and from being the generation that he is: underground.  LA Underground was and still is ideally tailored by the post punk and alternative music…

Spoken Word In Hollywood at The Stella Adler Theater hosted by Mike The Poet this Wednesday

This coming Wednesday August 18th, @ 7:30 – 10:30 in Hollywood, Mike the Poet is hosting a a poetry reading at The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting & Theaters. It’s a monthly reading and it’s free. If you’ve never been to a poetry reading in LA, this one would be a great one. The highlight is Mike The Poet himself and the indigenous voices that will be there. The New Beautiful….   We are the face of the New Beautiful… back to the people speak to the soul hear the whole behold the beautiful in your own backyard no additives of preservatives just the natural ish…

LA POETRY EXAMINER’S Friday Pick: “go fetch” by Scott Wannberg

From “strange movie full of death” Scott Wannberg’s latest book.

go fetch
-by Scott Wannberg

fetch me a pail of love.
there’s a mighty strong fire of hate blazing
in the hearts of the lost.
i’d

LA’s Mike “The Poet” Sonsken is here to rock the populace & does, with “I Am Alive In Los Angeles!”

Mike The Poet is an LA treasure – from the underground generation. His book, I Am Alive In Los Angeles! is an LA Essential, representing all that LA truly is. Written in the voice of a “people’s poet”, the book has been recognized as

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LA POETRY EXAMINER’S Friday Pick: “Mowing Satan’s Lawn” by Rich Ferguson

LA POETRY EXAMINER’S Friday Pick: “Mowing Satan’s Lawn” by Rich Ferguson

Mowing Satan’s Lawn

Standing before me
is the naked beauty of possibility—
perfect eyes, perfect lips
perfect

LA Poet Lynne Bronstein’s work is poetic intelligence that simply states, “Life, is good”…

“Poetic intelligence lacks, … focused investment in conclusion, being naturally wary of its own assumptions. It derives its energy from a willingness to discard conclusions in the face of evidence, its willingness, in fact, to discard anything.”

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LA Poetry Examiner’s Friday pick: LA Poet Lynne Bronstein’s “Poem on the Railroad Ties.”

Lynn Bronstein
Storyteller

Lynne Bronstein has written four books of poetry, Astray From Normalcy, Roughage, Thirsty In The Ocean, and Border Crossings.Her poems and short stories have appeared in small magazines and literary web sites,

LA POETRY EXAMINER’S Friday picks ”WE USE TO BE GODS” by milo martin

LA POETRY EXAMINER’S Friday picks is now a weekly event.  LA Poet Milo Martin kicks off the first Friday pick with “We Used To Be Gods” from his book “Poems For The Utopian Nihilist” on Echo Park Press

Los Angeles Poet Rick Lupert: of Poetry Super Highway and is hands down the funniest voice in poetry

Poets as individuals are carved by ancestry and geography, influenced by elders, family history and social climate. Whatever needs to be said can be said in any voice, and has been delivered in a multitude of  ways, as many ways as there are

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LA Poet Raindog – painter, pirate, poet, & pauper of an exceptional persona, LA’s Claudius…

Robert Graves wrote I, Claudius  as the secret autobiography of the Emperor Claudius, the fourth emperor of Rome (r. 41-54 A.D.) Historically, Claudius’ family, the Julio-Claudians, kept him out of public life due to his disabilities, which

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LA Poet Susan Hayden speaks on love, loss, and poetry as medicine.

Poets are given a very heavy dose of life experience in order to fulfill their life’s purpose, which is to transpose their tragedies or circumstances using the spoken and written word to reach others, those in need of a similar healing.

At

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LA Poet G. Murray Thomas,an essential voice in the city where noone is ever doubting Thomas

In the poetry reading, honesty is the first subconscious criteria during witness. And, if there is any one virtue a listener seeks in a poet, it is Honesty. Whether or not an audience understands the value and social need for Poetry, when reading

In the poetry reading, honesty is the first subconscious criteria during witness. And, if there is any one virtue a listener seeks in a poet, it is Honesty. Whether or not an audience understands the value and social need for Poetry, when reading

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Robert Graves & the early Poetry & Music genre: The Bards of ancestral Memory-Poetry


Once upon a time in Prose… there were populations under a matriarchal and magical rule, during the making of myth, before the advent of Homeric Literature, when in the Age of the birth of premise, first law was governed by the Ancient Consciousness…

LA POETRY in Hollywood: True voice & when a

great actor is also a great poet as is Michael O’Keefe

Michael O’Keefe represents a very small percentage of the actors that have succeeded in convincing the poetry world that he is indeed the best of both: an actor and a poet. His work is of a rarity that can speak of nuances behind the scenes from

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LA Poetess Peggy Dobreer: poetry, publishers and the Small Press Fair…

There is no tragedy worse than a dancer who has had an accident and cannot dance again. The extreme opposite of this scenario, would be the blessing that such an accident would force the ballerina into using her fluidity on the page.

With

LA’s Poetry & Music Scene: Harlan Steinberger, Hen House Studios, Poetry, Music & Documentaries

Harlan Steinberger of Hen House Studios and producer of Ellyn Maybe’s “Rodeo For The Sheepish” is talking about “Drumming”,  baseball poetry,  an ongoing documentary about Michael C. Ford, and about Robert Peters…

LA’s Poetry’lectronica: Harlan Steinberger’s serendipitious birth of a brand new pop music – part 1

Harlan Steinberger of Hen House Studios wasn’t pursuing a reputation as one of the best poetry producers of the Los Angeles poetry and music scene, but today not only is he one of the best, he is also an innovator of a whole new budding genre

The LA Poetry & Music scene: Birth of the Cool here in LA with bebop beat poet Michael C. Ford

Los Angeles Poet Michael C Ford’s first poetry booking was an engagement in 1969 at a campaign for Norman Mailer in his run for mayor of New York. The others present besides himself and his friend Jim Morrison, were Jack Hirschman, fellow beat

 

The LA Poetry & Music Scene and the messianic existence of Poet Rich Ferguson

Rich Ferguson may be a transplant from The Bay Area of Northern California, but today, this poet belongs to Los Angeles. With a cadence from the old school and a flow of spectacular imagery, his spoken word and rock ‘n roll is a real good thing

The LA Poetry and Music Scene at Pier 212 with the sacred Ellyn Maybe

“…whenever possible, always have someone sacred, like Ellyn Maybe open your show.”  -S.A. Griffin, “Rules of The Road”

LA Poet Ellyn Maybe is probably one of the most loved poets in Los Angeles. She is humble and

Pages

Introduction to the LA Poetry and Music scene…

Throughout every resurgence of the spoken word in Los Angeles, LA Poetry has almost always been preferred by poet and listener alike, to be accompanied by music.

In the late 1990’s on Vermont Avenue in artsy Los Feliz, The Onyx Cafe Sunday

The Poetry Bomb is going on the road again!

In his latest adventures, road tripping Los Angeles Poet S.A. Griffin is the Red Baron of poetry.  He’s about to launch a five week tour across America with The Poetry Bomb, a journey he created to inspire communities using poetry,

The Universality of LA Poetry from Bukowski to Jim Morrison

There is something to be said about LA Poetry. That it’s appeal is quite universal. One might wonder, is it just that people not from here, simply have a willingness to relate to LA? As in, you are what you read?

Is LA poetry written with

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Rich Ferguson,

whereupon I teach my fellow poet to knock on wood…

The first time I got the chance to hang out with Poet Rich Ferguson, we shared a bottle of wine, poetry and …egos. I taught him how to knock on wood when things seemed too perfect, and we laughed about who we were as poets.

I told him what I knew of the origins of a now very cliched phrase. It’s so cliched that no one really knows of the origins which is, as follows:

KNOCK ON WOOD!

In the days of Ancient Greece, the Gods and Goddesses were ever present on the Earth, enjoying mankind, it’s beauty and the Earth itself, with it’s fragrances and nectar abounding and with a sweetness unlike any other planet in the solar system, and perhaps even, the Universe. Superior enough to tantalize the Gods of the heavens.

They, who were Supreme Beings, and Immortal to top it off, would not stand for any sort of equaling, or besting of them by men of the Earth, who were mere mortals and fragile worms of such beings by comparison.

However, since the gods had taken a liking and passionate attractions to many of the human females, so that in eventuality, there were half god –  half man beings that would come to challenge the Supreme ones whether they intended to be in a competitive besting of the gods or not. If at any time the humans and the half breeds should so happen to accidentally arouse the jealousy of one of these gods, they’d catch an inevitable hell in the form of an avalanche or a tsunami or perhaps godly trickery,  and etc.

Bottom line, it became very evident to man that it was never wise to brag aloud, lest those jealous gods would catch wind of their boasting and set the entire mountain on fire with a spit, or flick of their fingernail against flint or …whatever.

So – if there were a statement that had to be announced of some great thing that just occurred due to the Good Luck and Good Deeds of any one happy go lucky mortal, the tale of fortune would be told to another  – whilst rapping their knuckles against a wooden door or table throughout the entire conversation. They were knocking on wood to avoid their deaths due to the jealousy of a nearby and perhaps eavesdropping Immortal! And we all know that super audio intake and output is one one of the super powers granted to the gods, lucky as they were to be who they were…


So, that first hang together, after I told Rich this little triviatic Greek myth, whenever either or both of us found ourselves on the verge of over-confident tale telling, we would get knockin’ on wood in stereo.

It’s just that – as poets well, we know we bad.

KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK !!!!!

I interviewed Rich on WordBeat, in it’s early days – and both Milo Martin and I agree, we have to get a better one with Rich,  now that we’re a little more savvy with the ‘BEAT.

At the time of the wine and the knocking on of wood, Rich and I were talking about his work as he is  a poet that utilizes music as a backdrop for the spoken word. I as a writer have been on a mission and a cause: to elevate the awareness of poetry and music and the underground scene that it is.

The result of that hang is the following article for Examiner. I hope you enjoy it Be sure to watch Rich’s video at the end of the article. And Leave a comment for us. We’ love hearing feedback!

LA Poetry Examiner

The LA Poetry & Music Scene and the messianic existence of Poet Rich Ferguson

LA Poetry Examiner Articles

Rich Ferguson may be a transplant from The Bay Area of Northern California, but today, this poet belongs to Los Angeles. With a cadence from the old school and a flow of spectacular imagery, his spoken word and rock ‘n roll is a real good thing that is definitely here to stay.  read more…

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