The Burning of Los Angeles

Samuel Maio

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The author of Creating Another Self takes a hard look at L.A., where conventional rules of behavior give way to the violence, lust, and chaos that mark our times.

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The author of Creating Another Self takes a hard look at L.A., where conventional rules of behavior give way to the violence, lust, and chaos that mark our times. This collection has been eagerly anticipated by readers of The Antioch Review, The Chariton Review, The Formalist, and many other literary journals where Samuel Maio is nearly legendary. The Burning of Los Angeles confirms the excellence so many readers have already discovered.

Maio has crafted visionary lyric poems in a fresh and confident voice, poems singing with empathy, insight, and passion.

—Jim Barnes

Samuel Maio displays an imagination omnivorous enough to celebrate and elegize a landscape at once the City of Dreams and the City of Lost Illusions.

—Dana Gioia

Contents

Part One: The Burning of Los Angeles
The Burning of Los Angeles
Look
The Real Thing
Face Value
The Dispassionate Shepherd’s First Blind Date
Regrets Only
The Handsome Poet

Part Two: Domestic Violence
Love Song
Vague Scene
Projections
Peering in Her Lover’s Bedroom Window
The Order of Insignificance
The Palm Reading
The Letters
Artist’s Model
Domestic Violence
Midlife Epitaph
Reflections from a Pastel-Covered Box

Part Three: The Ministers of Culture
The Company Party
Had I Had Had Shakespeare as a Student
Inspired by Catullus
Art History Survey: Vermeer
The Paintings of Arnesti Gaspári
From the Notebooks of Count Galeazzo Ciano
Pilate
The Great Tradition

Part Four: “People Come to California to Die”
Protestors at Disneyland
The Jack London Nuthouse
Whisky à Gogo
Club Casanova
Nude
The Filmmaker’s Wife
Black Monday
The Spokesperson for His Generation
In Memoriam

Part Five: Returns
Southcentral L.A.
6th Avenue, L.A.
The Stranger
Winter Story
I Remember
Gathering Funghi
Late March, Trinidad, Colorado
Making Connections: Since the Close of the Allen Mine

Local Deaths
     I. The Dream
II. Dream Life
III. Glass House
IV. Dark Woman Well
V. Last Letter to John Milton
VI. Pastoral before Dying

Father Death
     I. Telling Time
II. Father Death
III. At the Funeral Mass
IV. Family Graveyard

Index of Titles and First Lines
About the Author

Authors

Samuel Maio is professor of English and comparative literature at California State University - San José, where he has been recognized for his scholarship and teaching excellence. His essays, poems, and fiction have been published widely in journals including The Antioch Review, The Bloomsbury Review, The New York Quarterly, The Southern California Anthology, and The Chariton Review. He received his Ph.D. in American and Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California.

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