Four Good Things
by Pasadena Adjacent
Mr V takes a hike through UCI to a poetry reading of his childhood friend. His friend is a founding member of the English department. He’s accomplished. It’s also his friends retirement party. He’s from Pasadena. His friend. It’s a running joke among his colleagues. Because he keeps returning home. To Pasadena. To his mother. To the beginning of time. In his poetry.
This was his home. That was him. When he was small. In Pasadena.
From the Poetry Foundation “The poem opens with the poet’s mother dying of cancer, his father pushing the development of Pasadena—two kinds of modern blight, cell division out of control. It is loose and capacious enough to hold a capsule history of Pasadena, its architectural growth amid the surrounding desert serving as a figure for the growth of the poet’s mind and of the poem”
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