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City of Poets: Four Poetry Titles from L.A. to San Francisco

This week L.A. Letters spotlights four recent poetry books with connections to San Francisco, the Beat Generation, and Surrealism.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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The San Gabriel River & the 562

The San Gabriel River & the 562

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