James Berkowitz will bare his poetic heart and soul reading/ performing live on the boulevard that inspired “Reaching for the Light of Day” and other works during his frequent night walks around Venice. His poem “The Inner Sun” published in the literary arts journal San Francisco Peace and Hope in 2015 was recently accepted into the San Francisco Public Library and The Special Collections of the Calfornia State Library. He’s also published in Edgar Allan Poet Journal #3 (2015) which is a collection of recognized Los Angelels poets dating back to the Beat Era in Venice.
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The Queen of Fresh, Sophia-The Gypsy Poet…The Gypsy Poet……….., talks to fellow poet James Berkowitz on the show! He talks about his poetry, his inspiration, his life and much more! Tune in for an afternoon of poetry, emotion and enchantment! #poetry #books #indiepub #writerslife #indieauthors #NPM15 #radio
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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the country. The festival will be held April 18-19, 2015 at USC and feature celebrities, famous authors, music, film, comic books, cooking demos and more.
A former colleague from Mexico introduced me to Mario Benedetti during a literary chat while working together. She spoke of him with highest praise and respect stating that her favorite poem from his collection is “A la Izquierda del roble ~ To the left of the oak tree” and that I must read this poem along with his other works. She followed up the day after by presenting me a CD of audio recordings from Benedetti which I listened and did my best to comprehend since English is my primary language.
I looked online and discovered White Pine Press released a selected poems edition called “Witness” translated by Louise B. Popkin http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13236959-witness and then contacted the wonderful indie bookstore Small World Books in Venice, CA to order directly from the publisher. I shared with my friend about the order then picked up the book and started with “To the left of the oak tree” after reading the preface. I was totally enraptured by this piece of writing then reread a few more times in both English and Spanish. I went further bringing it to work and surprising my colleague by pulling it out and reading it to her in Spanish. Reading aloud made me love it even more so I carried on to read a shorter poem called “Angelus” from the Office Poems section with imagery unfolding in the visual sense and rhythm of a cinematic piece projecting on a screen.
Each poem is like digesting a literary meal of words and language. Rereading each one three, four, five times, then switching to reading in Spanish I’ve been spending great moments with this book during the past eight months at many intervals. The translation flows superbly and the informative notes provide wonderful insight to the culture and how Benedetti was drawing from inspiration using words within the context of each notable poem. Props to Louise B. Popkin for her word choices that could not be put into English.
This collection is relentless from youth until the year within in his death displaying his poignant gift of the poetic and written word. Benedetti’s soul sings from beginning to end and with age continues to delve deeper within the wells of his soul. I’m delighted to have connected with such brilliant writing and highly suggest this book for anyone interested in discovering the work of a poetic titan.