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Thousands Flee California Wildflowers

Authors: Scot Siegel

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781907056949

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Who hasn’t dreamed of living in, or at least visiting, California? The world’s eighth largest economy, a place of history and cultural tolerance – less a state than a state of mind.

Part elegy, part travelogue, Scot Siegel’s latest book uses California as a springboard to consider “the age we live in.” ‘After the Summer of Love’ is a snapshot of Californian childhood in the late 1960s and 1970s, a time of war and social upheaval, while ‘Song of the California Wildfire’ considers the Californian dream in the 21st century.

Not arson, but a boy & a girl playing
with matches in the oat grass; a
cherry bomb his big brother gave
him, without instructions.

“A writer looking into his past as a way to look forward...” – Poets’ Quarterly

Scot Siegel is a town-planning consultant from Oregon. His other books include Skeleton Says (2010) and Some Weather (2008), named one of Oregon’s 150 Outstanding Books of Poetry. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has received awards and commendations from Aesthetica, Nimrod International, and the Oregon State Poetry Association.

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