Hawthorne, a House in Bolinas, a versified chapbook memoir by Belfast poet Ellen Sander, has just been published by Finishing Line Press.
It is an unfolding narrative poem occupying a chapbook with snapshots, 30 some years in the making, celebrating a legendary poetic community of the seventies, the neighbors and the luminaries who visited. Set in Bolinas, the beach, the eucalyptus, and the fog, it’s a poetic portrait in time of a legendary epoch in the fabled West Marin community.
Among the vignettes are stanzas about locals Robert Creeley, Tom Clark, Aram Saroyan, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Richard Brautigan, Lewis MacAdams and Joanne Kyger (and more) as well as visitors Allen Ginsberg, Gerard Malanga and Bob Dylan. Joanne Kyger, who read the manuscript last year, loved it enough to contribute a blurb (and to permit a quote from September.)
Ellen Sander, a pioneering New York rock journalist, author of Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties, incubated her poetry in Bolinas , California in the seventies. Hawthorne is her homage to those poets and those times in Bolinas, in the early mid 1970’s when Bolinas was rife with poets and poetry, in a thriving and spicy small town culture. After a stint in Los Angeles , she was an editor at Women of China magazine in Beijing in 2005, having taught college English in both Xiamen and Beijing . She was the Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine in 2013 and 2014, where she lives today, near Head of the Tides. Her poetry has been published in Chiron Review, Social Anarchism, Saturday Afternoon Journal, Dongxi, The Maine Review, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Off The Coast, the 2016 anthology, Cross-Strokes as well as the re-launch of Oculus Vox. She is the host of Poetry Woodshed Radio on WBFY in Belfast, and a member of Beyond Baroque.