DUE TO THE PANDEMIC
IN-PERSON MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED.
Our next meeting on January 22nd at 2pm will feature
discussing and reading from his latest book, Cantata Angeleno. Robert Eastwood is a long time ICC member, and also a member of the Board of Directors. He is the author of four books and three chapbooks. His prize-winning poems have been widely published on-line and in print. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee.
The publisher's comments on Cantata Angeleno.
While there is nothing "mere" about poetry, in this case it is proper to say that this book is not merely great poetry. Rather, it serves the purpose of documentary witness to our troubled history, in this case the racial hotbed of 1940s Los Angeles. The plight of Japanese-Americans at the time is well-known, but far less is recalled (at least in the white community) about the animosity and violence faced by Mexican-Americans, particularly the Pachuco culture associated with the distinctive and defiant Zoot-Suit style. Eastwood brings this period vividly to life in powerful narrative and persona poems in many forms and voices, reliving the notorious injustice of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial, and the "Zoot-Suit Riots" when US Navy sailors savagely attacked Mexican-Americans. Then, in the second part of the book, he imagines how these past injustices live on in contemporary times, in the descendants of the victims, perpetuating a cycle of violence and oppression. It's an exhilarating read, and if not a comfortable one, it is a necessary one - if we are to learn from our past. To find out more, and to order your copy, visit http://www.broadstonebooks.com/Robert_Eastwood_Page.html
(And while you're there, don't miss Eastwood's previous collection SNARE, another poetic examination of history rippling through the present.)
DATE: Saturday, January 22nd
TIME: Zoom Log-in at 1:45 pm
Evie Groch (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be our Zoom hostess.
READING to begin at 2:00 pm. After the featured reading you are invited to read your poems in an "open-mic" read-around.
There is room for no more than fifteen (15) readers. The first fifteen to notify Evie they wish to read will be asked to provide a copy of their poem as a Word document. One-page limit please. Let Evie know if you are coming (whether reading a poem or not) with your screen name and e-mail address no later than 8pm on Friday, January 21st. She will send you the Zoom invitation before the meeting and also admit you.