City Terrace Field Manual

Sesshu Foster


City Terrace Field Manual

City Terrace Field Manual

  • Title: City Terrace Field Manual
  • Author: Sesshu Foster
  • ISBN: 9781885030191
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback



Brawling, street wise prose poems push the boundaries of narrative form, taking the reader through the physical and psychological landscapes of East Los Angeles.


Recent Comments "City Terrace Field Manual"

acquired via the coolest methods: book swap with author!from my first grazings, it's likely I'll put this on my list for students to choose their required book from in the fall.love the mix of poetry, history, memoir, with newsclips, magazine quotes, other source texts.

I actually really liked this collection. It's true that many of them are difficult to decipher, and that a huge number of them rely on inside references to City Terrace itself and to the author's experiences. And they are very, very abstract. Do not expect traditional poetry. A few of them were baffling enough that I had to skim and move on. But when you really look at some of them, there's so much to find, although it will take some work. They are clearly carefully crafted, full of really power [...]

The last time I was in San Francisco I met Matt for coffee at Coffee To The People. We talked about stuff. About flying couches. About life and love and moving and teaching and California and careers and the poetry lifestyle. You know, the usual kind of thing that you do in coffee shops. There was a lot of noise that day and it was really hot and I didn't have to go anywhere or be anything. Matt is a lot like me and nothing like me. We both have Jewish moms and both of us are Jewish in weird way [...]

"In 1911 I was brought from Veracruz in a bundle, but was erased by measles. In 1921 I returned by way of Mazatlan and was removed by tuberculosis in a back room. In 1924 I staged a comeback and rerouted through Yuma, then was scalded by gas mains. In 1936 I managed to crawl up from Boyle Heights, only to be buried in an underground cave-in during construction of sewer lines. I appeared briefly in 1938, but got potshot by a security guard near the railroad tracks. I revived on Bunker Hill in 194 [...]

Sesshu Foster's 167 illuminating and harrowing prose poems are in the tradition of Sherwood Anderson, Edgar Lee Masters and Jean Toomer, but City Terrace isn't Winesburg, Ohio, Spoon River, or even rural Georgia, it's East L.A. Foster captures the hardships and tragedies of the place, but also its dignity and resilience, often with humor, and always with compassion and intelligence. I am personally grateful for the profound lived insights of this book.

This book is an amazing collection of prose poems that capture the momentum and energy of the city. It stays close to the voices from his childhood in City Terrace, but each poem usually has one or two lines that drive to the universal nature of his experiences.

Like all of Foster's work this transcends its classification (prose poetry), a relentless series of powerful pieces about East L.A growing up there, dying there, failing there. As good an urban book as I have ever read.

freestyle poetry, captures east los angeles to a tee.


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