Monday, February 16, 2009
Review: John Olivares Espinoza
By the concluding pages of "The Date Fruit Elegies," the young man has left behind, but not forgotten, the world of his formative years. If anything, there's a hint of nostalgia in the poem "Things I Didn't Know I Loved About Southern California." For this speaker that includes the magical smog, the clashing cultural communities, the "great gray snakes" of the freeways and "the everyday geography of small things."