Poetry. California Interest. MOTIVE AND OPPORTUNITY is principally located in Los Angeles, where the poet has lived and worked since 1968. The five pieces collected here are various attempts at poetic language trying to settle in this metropolitan sprawl of contradictions. Or as Carey McWilliams called it in his seminal Southern California: an Island on the Land, "very much a city that refuses to know itself." From "Driving Platitudes" and "The Grid," both written while driving across the seemingly endless metropolis, to the most recent "Motive & Opportunity," a detective poem, this book moves around Vangelisti's almost native city, leaving a trail of affections and casual encounters.
Paul Vangelisti is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including MOTIVE AND OPPORTUNITY (Shearsman Books, 2020), BORDER MUSIC (Talisman House, Publishers, 2016), Embarrassment of Survival and Days Shadows Pass. WHOLLY FALSETTO WITH PEOPLE DANCING (Otis Books / Seis,icity Editions),a memoir of sorts, appeared in 2013, and a collection of poems, TWO, was published by Talisman House in 2011. A noted editor, anthologist, and translator from the Italian, Vangelisti translated, with Lucia Re, Amelia Roselli's War Variations, which won both the 2006 Ennio Flaiano Prize for Literary Translation in Italy and the PEN USA Translation Prize. Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA