I Am Alive in Los Angeles!

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iUniverse, 2006 - Poetry - 132 pages
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Being alive in Los Angeles means driving It means having friends in a hundred neighborhoods. Everyday I figure 8 my way through the blood & bones of the city. These journeys invigorate me. Connecting the dots is what I like to do, from the hilltop parties to the Watts Towers, North Long Beach to Frogtown, there's o much flavor-landscape & characters. I love it all.
I Am ALIVE IN LOS ANGELES!

In this progressive collection of poems. Essays & notes, Mike the PoeT digs into the real Los Angeles. Passages of charged prose & poetic snapshots capture the panorama of the city of angels. Pieces cover the mythical afterhour parties, unique architecture, socioeconomics, graffiti, gangs Hollywood & more. Poet Journalist Historian, Mike Sonksen aka Mike the PoeT has performed at the L.A. Times Book Prizes, Divine Forces Radio, Music Plus TV & published hundreds of poems & articles in the LA. Citybeat, O,C. Weekly, Jointz, Kotori & so on.

"It's easy to target Los Angeles' deficits: flashiness, venality, gross disparity of wealth. But is takes rare understanding and eloquence to see this fair city in all its lights, both good and bad. Mike Sonksen, aka Mike the Poet, achieves that unusual feat with his debut spoken-word release, "I Am Alive in Los Angeles!" A third-generation L.A. native Sonksen has special insight into the multi-textured realities that comprise the city."-L.A. Alternative Press

"Mike the Poet the most cool, positive guy in poetry, future LA legend you read it here first."
-TEKA LARK LO

 

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Contents

AM ALIVE IN LOS ANGELES
3
GREAT BOOKS ABOUT L A
12
CHAPTER 3THE REAL HOLLYWOOD
31
CHAPTER 4WEBS OF PARALLEL EXISTENCE
47
CHAPTER 5L A VIEWS
65
CHAPTER 6NOTHING MATTERS BUT THE MUSIC
77
CHAPTER 7L A LOVE WAR
95
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
111
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