Tuesday, March 05, 2013

News at Eleven: The poem "I Live in the City of Los Angeles"

finds her on Westerly Terrace in Silver Lake watching women "balancing on their heads/plastic baskets full of sheets." She's seen an image from rural Latin America transplanted to Los Angeles. [Eloise Klein] Healy grew up around farmland herself, and in that scene she sees an experience she shares with people who grew up on farms where Spanish was spoken. "We are all from the country still/and we are each old/in our own way," she writes.

In that poem and others, Healy communicates one of the great unspoken truths about L.A.--it's a city whose residents are often just a generation, or a few years, removed from roots as farmers, sharecroppers and campesinos.

from Los Angeles Times: Eloise Klein Healy paints Los Angeles in poems


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