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January 8, 2006 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
BY day, Zenzontli is the Keeper of the House of Darkness of the Aztex, whose future as world-conquering, shameless colonialists and slave sacrificers looks bright. They've long since triumphed over the Spanish and now in the 20th century are using Nazi-inspired techniques to enslave nations around the world. In his nightmares, however, Zenzontli is a worker at a Farmer John plant in Vernon. He works (sometimes double shifts) on the killing floor, slaughtering up to 1,800 hogs a day.
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January 8, 2006 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
BY day, Zenzontli is the Keeper of the House of Darkness of the Aztex, whose future as world-conquering, shameless colonialists and slave sacrificers looks bright. They've long since triumphed over the Spanish and now in the 20th century are using Nazi-inspired techniques to enslave nations around the world. In his nightmares, however, Zenzontli is a worker at a Farmer John plant in Vernon. He works (sometimes double shifts) on the killing floor, slaughtering up to 1,800 hogs a day.
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August 27, 1989
by Henry J. Morro We go back to the desert and I lay my head on my mother's stomach and listen to the place where I began, when she carried me on legs that opened and burned rocks in the desert, legs balanced on swollen feet across a cracked earth. I listen to the water beneath those feet, the water lost by bareback mothers, the water slashed from yucca roots. I split a cactus and pour the juice on my mother's feet. As she curls up in the sand, together we watch our skin perspire.
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April 29, 2006 | Ben Ehrenreich, BEN EHRENREICH is the author of "The Suitors," published this month by Counterpoint Press.
WHEN SOMEONE in Los Angeles asks what you do and you answer that you're a writer, the next question is invariably a chipper, "Oh -- film or TV?" If your answer is "neither" -- that you're working on a novel -- there is rarely a next question, just a pitying smile or a blank look and tensely pursed lips, as if you've just admitted to spending your days cataloging your collection of Victorian decorative thimbles.
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January 15, 1993 | SUSAN HEEGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Susan Heeger is a regular contributor to The Times.
If coffeehouses are today's hip alternative to bars, there are those who go to poetry readings more for the espresso and the scene than for the sound of the written word. But for those who value substance over setting, the Valley Contemporary Poets Series presents first-rate writing in a no-frills venue: the Glendale Federal Savings bank office in Canoga Park. The bank's brick-walled meeting room offers little in the way of comfort beyond folding chairs and fluorescent lights.
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February 18, 1988 | ROSANNE KEYNAN, Times Staff Writer
Gertrude Stein might have said: "A bus is a bus is a bus--but poetry on a bus is really something." Then again, she might not have said it quite that way. But the American expatriate poet surely would have approved of Santa Monica's decision to turn 136 buses into vehicles for poetic self-expression. Beginning this month and continuing until the end of the year, riders on Santa Monica municipal buses will have more to contemplate than ads for cigarettes and correspondence schools.
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January 8, 2006 | JANET KINOSIAN
Sesshu Foster is best known as a poet--or he was, until the recent publication of his first novel, "Atomik Aztex." Narrated by the warrior Zenzontli, the book is set in, among other places, the Farmer John meatpacking plant in East L.A. It's an alternative universe where the Aztecs won out over European conquistadors long ago. The plot? "Persons attempting to find a plot in this book should read Huck Finn," says the preface.
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February 28, 2010
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. MONDAY Dolores Dorantes and Sesshu Foster: The authors of "sexoPUROsexoVELOZ" and "Atomik Aztex," respectively, will read and discuss their work. Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 665-6892. Love Hurts: Ask the Experts: 826LA presents a panel discussion with authors Greg Behrendt ("He's Just Not That Into You"), Sascha Rothchild ("How to Get Divorced by 30")
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June 13, 2001 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The defining moment of the Beat Generation came in 1956 when poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti published Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"--and was forced to defend himself in court against charges of obscenity. "Without Allen Ginsberg, there wouldn't be any Beat Generation," insists Ferlinghetti, dean of the surviving Beat poets, in "San Francisco Beat: Talking With the Poets," edited by David Meltzer (City Lights, $19.95, 379 pages). "He created it out of whole cloth."
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December 5, 2012 | Hector Tobar
Dana Gioia spent many years doing battle in that viper's nest of bureaucrats and elected officials called Washington, D.C. This fall the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and L.A. native found himself back home. In a series of closed-door meetings, he was often on the receiving end of heated comments from people who can gleefully transform words into weapons. "These are poets," Gioia said. "Poets are temperamental people. " The city of Los Angeles will name its first poet laureate Friday.
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April 29, 1993 | LYNELL GEORGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than half a mile away from the Ronald Wilson Reagan Presidential Library, and wedged within an innocuous Simi Valley housing tract that boasts a parade of cheerful two-story townhouses, a one-man, cottage-industry revolution presses onward. At the end of a cul-de-sac, mild-mannered Jordan Jones, bespectacled editor of razor-edged Bakunin magazine, cranks out his perfect-bound, indisputably left-of-center journal in the Spartan rooms of, he likes to joke, his "ancestral manse."
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