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Literary L.A.

LEWIS MACADAMS

From Confrontation to Cooperation

Lewis Macadams, Senior Lecturer, Graduate Writing

 

In the late 1930s, in response to a pair of deadly floods, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors called in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control the unruly L.A. River. The mission was to get the water to the ocean as fast as possible. The idea that it might make sense, in a city that gets less than 15 inches of rain a year on average, to conserve some of those hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater seems to have never occurred to the Army Corps.

Martha Ronk Selected Poems

By Martha Ronk

Senior Lecturer, Graduate Writing

Driving

The film breaks into dialogue after long stretches
Of the sort of silence associated with wet roads
And the sounds of tires hissing in the trees as
The wind’s an artificial product of moving toward the horizon
As enclosure’s only a category of mind.
And then the final exchanges about the weather first
And tentative efforts to snare the other’s litany of complaints
The very act of driving was designed to eliminate any sense of.

 

Literary L.A. - Silver lake

By Peter Gadol
Professor, Graduate Writing

 

And then it was autumn again, and Saturdays they would wake early when the first clean light came up over the oak and fir at the top of the ridge and eased its way down across their glass house and overgrown slope, down to the pitched yards and shingled cottages along the street below their street, down across timber and brush and fallen limbs, across the boulevard all the way to the patient lake, where it would linger on the water, and ancient and forgiving light by noon.