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Before the City (2003) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

These are award-winning poems and prose poems set in California and Hawaii. Most are first person narratives that explore the underbelly of contemporary California, including the plight of Mexican migratory workers and the secret world of the disenfranchised.


  • Foreword
  • Before the City
  • Life Extension
  • Tea
  • Construction Residential
  • Observations from Oceanside
  • Rain after a Dry Spell
  • The Roses are Fifteen
  • Messages from La Frontera
  • Van Gogh Vision
  • Winter at Oceanside Beach, California
  • Smog Check in Sunnyvale
  • At Il Fornaio, San Francisco
  • Quake
  • The Gallery Director
  • Community Garden
  • The Architects
  • Her
  • The Voices of Leaves
  • At the Stanford Park
  • Pool
  • The Marriage of Jeannette
  • The Woman in the Black One Piece
  • Man in December
  • Retirement and the Home Boy
  • Dining with Your Headshot
  • Fishman
  • Love in the Library
  • The Day after the Post-Production Party
  • Shiatsu
  • Transformations in Northern California
  • Closet
  • Ironwood
  • Chasing the Moon
  • New Jersey Suburbs at Dusk
  • A Long Dark Sleep
  • Insomnia Birthday
  • Observations during Insomnia
  • At Half Moon Bay, San Francisco
  • Freeway March
  • Nutungktatoka
  • Kung Hei Fat Choy
  • The Longest Day of the Year
  • Winter at Carlsbad Beach, California
  • At the Hong Convalescent Home
  • View from a Library
  • Palo Alto Wetlands
  • Just Before You Die
  • Fall on the Coast
  • At the Art Institute of California
  • Reruns
  • Brother
  • The Mark of the Ass
  • How Much of What We Talk
  • View from the Second Floor
  • At 33,000 Feet
  • Storm Birds off Oahu
  • Black Point, Oahu
  • Moloka’i Beach House
  • Love from a Distance
  • Moloka’i Budget Vacation
  • Aloha, Lili’uokalani
  • Kahala Beach, 2001
  • Punahou Reunion

Original title: Before the City
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryProse Poems

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Before the City (2003)
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Language: English

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Before the City (2003)

ISBN: 0974106704

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