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Letters to My City

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"Together we are alive in a city of destiny.
I am still alive in Los Angeles!"

The poems and essays in Letters to My City combine two decades of field experience, research, personal observations, and stories told to the author, a third-generation Los Angeles native, by his grandfather and other family members, to interrogate all sides of Los Angeles, its streets, its people,
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published February 15th 2019 by Writ Large Press
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Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Through a tremendous last couple of weeks between the Los Angeles Review of Books workshop, the new Los Cuentos Book Club, and more for your truly, I just finished Mike the Poet’s L.A.’s Letters to My City. By the turn of the final page, I both see it and hear it. Sonsken’s ‘letters’ are not just prose, but also songs from the heart to all comers. Most of all, they’re a tribute to those who’ve been here, as Sonsken shows no fear celebrating L.A.’s Black, Indigenous, Asian, Native & Latinx roots. ...more
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A master of the personal essay and a great poet, Sonksen creates an enduring image of LA, a beautifully written history and celebration of its people.
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