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  The Santa Cruz Issue
No. 20, Summer 2012
 

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Santa Cruz, California is a place of convergences. Here the Central Coast Range meets the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Bay Area meets the Southern California coast, the new economies of Silicon Valley and service tourism meet the fishing and farming economies that preceded them. So, too, do differing poetic communities converge here in Santa Cruz. Poetry Santa Cruz, an influential, independent organization has showcased what roughly might be called “mainstream” poetry for many years, to great effect. The University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as the shoestring A New Cadence Poetry Series, out of the downtown’s Felix Kulpa Gallery, garner diverse audiences for the challenging Language-derived (sometimes…) work that is often unsatisfactorily called experimental, or innovative, poetry. There is a thriving open-mic and slam scene, here, as well (both on and off campus). 

Santa Cruz is a place where the diverse, sometimes contentious world of contemporary American poetry circulates in microcosm. This pluralism of clash and coexistence is what constitutes Santa Cruz’s poetry scenes, and it drives this issue of Perihelion, the first under the editorship of Dion Farquhar and James Maughn.  We aim, in this issue, to embrace the contradictions these poetries perform--of gift and power, of abjection and death, of circulation, connection, and commitment to language. That sharing is what makes poetry communities work—a complex mix of the prescriptive, proscriptive, an always-already pluralist compromise.

Of course, there is, as always, much that was left out.  Whether due to queries that went unheeded, or mistakes on the part of the editors, or, simply, out of a desire to keep the thing to a manageable size, there are poets who should be here, and are not.  These omissions simply demonstrate the impossibility of adequately representing the poetic communities of even a town the size of Santa Cruz.  More could, and perhaps should, be included here, but we feel this issue of Perihelion at least opens the door for further investigation.  Enjoy.


 

POETRY
     
Stephen Kessler

Picasso's Electrician

Lucas Lackner

 
Pamela O’Shaughnessy

Mustangs of Samsara

Marvelous Terror

 

Jean Vengua

How Sweetly the Bloom

The Catholic Driveways

 
Doug McClellan

Conversation at Graveside with Marcel Duchamp

 

Robert Sward

Inter-species Healing:
A Specialty

 

Debra Spencer

Letters of Transit

 

Alta Ifland

Water and Time

Time Inside Out

The Echo Girl

The House of Laughter

 

J. Zimmerman

The Clear Loony

The Foreign Card

 

Susan Reddington

Kaleidoscope

 
 
Tilly Shaw

Driving Back from Stonehenge

 
David Swanger

Snapping Turtle Love

 
Charles Atkinson

After the Crash

 
T. C. Marshall

GRUB

MAP

 

Jessica Breheny

From “Months” in Almanac

 

Doren Robbins

WALK PASSED THE DOGS ODYSSEY

ALL TIME PART-TIME ALL THE TIME INCORPORATED

 

Terri Drake

WE ALREADY KNOW ABOUT UPHEAVAL

ON FIRE

 

Juliana Leslie

The Poet Interrupts

Green Is for World

 

Lauren Shufran

Cures for Love (II)

 

Farnaz Fatemi

Listen

 

Matthew Hill

Shantiko

Lucky Terrains

 

 
 
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