Poetry. By "getting it out and writing it down," Sam Haskins paid attention to a turbulent personal and professional life through poetry. Songwriters were an obvious influence—Dylan, John Prine, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell—but Haskins found his own voice in a series of poems that seem as if they were written just yesterday. Unpretenious but aware, lively and thoughtful, Haskins's poems work as a social document of a specific time and place, and as pure literary expressions.
Sam Haskins was born in Hollywood, CA, in 1934 and grew up in Southern California. He graduated from UCLA in 1959—breaking his undergrad years with a 2-year stint in the Army where he began writing poems. He married in 1961 and moved to San Francisco to attend Hastings Law School, graduating in 1966. A practicing attorney, Haskins separated from his wife in 1970, sparking an intense poetry-writing project that resulted in the poems that form the bulk of this book. Many of these poems were first published in Pacific Sun, a weekly newspaper in Marin County where Haskins was living at the time. He published a Moon Calender and a Desert Calendar for many years. Remarried in 1991 to Mary Lou Ramsey, Haskins currently lives in San Francisco. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA