Living in Salinas, the home of John Steinbeck, rocks on so many levels! James Golden, the Poet Laureate of Salinas, came to our theatre to perform selections from his new book, Bull, and chat with our Theatre Arts and English classes.
Golden won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry, for Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain. His writing has been recognized by the National Steinbeck Center as a “phenomenal work of art”.
Here’s an interview with James from Monterey Herald’s Go Magazine. He talks about his latest book, Bull and answers some questions about his writing process and what it means to be a poet. There’s a YouTube clip where you can hear him perform as well.
Culture Weekly currently features four poems from Bull. Below, is a personal favorite since I live close to Moss Landing. Have a read:
MOSS LANDING BEACH
A giant log sits beneath my butt
the sun squints my eyes
and the buzz of a sounding horn
pierces the lapping waves.
Two dogs traipse the shore
chasing seagulls through wind.
Brown children splash water in
parent eyes, singing lullabies
My Vans flood with sand
turn Black brown.
This is what humanity is made of.
One with the Pacific.
We live, multiply, and die
as the shore surely hides us
in the sunset.
Our feet aren’t meant for shoes.
–James B. Golden
It’s nice when the poet is on the premise and gives permission to put his stuff on our NSHS Theatre site!
James B. Golden is performing Friday, April 25th @ 6 pm in Sherwood Hall to celebrate his book launch and signing of “Bull: The Journey of a Freedom Icon.” Theatre students: this free performance counts for your theatre review, so consider going if you have a chance!
Have a read over the rest of the poems and tell us which one you liked the best and why. Be sure to tell us the title!
photo courtesy of Alexis Rhone Fancher