January 21, 2012 A clear cool winter afternoon and helicopters are circling to the south, over downtown Oakland. I count four of them, red and white blinking lights in the fading sky, they look like intricate sci-fi bugs but for the noise. That kind of angry rapping sound and the fairly high altitude formation tell […]
Clive Matson (MFA Columbia University), like many people, noticed the erosion of income, power, and liberties over the last sixty years and welcomes Occupy. His early teachers were his communist grandparents, followed by the Beats in New York City. His seventh book of poems, amazingly, was placed in John Wieners' coffin. He writes from the itch in his body, to the delight of his students. That's old hat, according to Let the Crazy Child Write! (1998), the text he uses to make his living, teaching creative writing. He enjoys playing basketball, table tennis, and collecting minerals in the field. He lives in Oakland, California, where he helps bring up his teenage son, Ezra. Visit Clive at www.matsonpoet.com.