latimes.com
Baltimore riots live updates: State of emergency declared, schools to be closed

Topics

Patti Smith
In 'Wide Awake,' Suzanne Lummis gathers the poets of Los Angeles
In 'Wide Awake,' Suzanne Lummis gathers the poets of Los Angeles

I got to know Los Angeles through its poetry. Even before I lived here, I experienced a different, human, side of the city through the works of Wanda Coleman, Michelle T. Clinton, Amy Gerstler, David Trinidad. It’s no coincidence that all of them were, at one time or another, affiliated with Beyond Baroque. The Venice-based literary center, founded in 1968 by George Drury Smith, was created as a place for poetry, particularly the poetry of Los Angeles. Over the decades, scores of local and national writers — including Allen Ginsberg, Raymond Carver, Patti Smith and Amiri Baraka — have appeared there; John Doe and Exene Cervenka, of the band X, famously met at the...

Loading