Broker: I didn’t notice you complaining, laying around a 5 Star hotel imagining you were a revolutionary poet!
Poet: If we are this nasty interviewing ourselves, why should anyone else let us interview them?
Broker: Your right. I should have asked you something less personal that might help create understanding. Something like, “Do you think artists like you are too dependent on business people like me, so they just go along with anything we do?
Poet: That’s much nicer. I’d have to answer “Certainly we are. Because you provide for our survival.” If you take this approach in general, you’ll be able to expand the interview series.
Broker: Right. Nobody wants to be interviewed by flamethrower.
Poet: Yes. But what a horrible image. Please phrase that differently. OMG.
The writing is marvelous, the language wholly appropriate, with snatches of humor defying the reality. Salvation Canyon is a wondrous cautionary tale, enjoyable because of what can only be termed ‘a happy ending.’
Broker: What a mess DTLA is.
Poet: You still blaming it in the property owners?
Broker: They certainly deserve some blame.
Poet: Is that so? How about on their deals where you made money?
Coyote woke me then
when the remote road glowed
in another day’s light a black horse
galloped by from the sun’s side
a driven rider knees dug in
a doppelganger in the wind
a man in wine and gold
his hem above his hips.
Friday night’s Zoom presentation for Oasis was a success.
Poet : What do you intend to do about the Pandemic?
Featured with Beverly M.Collinsin Zoom reading rehearsal with Mariko Kitakubo of Japan, whotook the photo.
The Digger by Ed Rosenthal
The lime vanilla ice-pop seen from a mile away
was a woman pushing a stick in the ground.
The wind romanced her rough robe
blowing cotton petals in and out
Her splotched white Dandelion of hair
flung itself around her arms and shoulders
Wide Canyon, A love Story
By Ken Sims
Any story I write that features my wife Wendy … is just somehow a love story. …Even
those that are not altogether happy…
I awakened early on the morning of Sunday, February 19, 2006. With nothing more pressing
to do, so I got on the computer and resumed my efforts to chart a course over the Little San
My real estate firm New Downtown Brokerage is now involved in finishing several complicated deals in DTLA. As information becomes publicly available, I will post news and updates on this website. I’m very proud of my past contributions to redevelopment of our precious historic resources and the downtown core of the city.
In 2013, I conducted a series of interviews with some of Downtown L.A.’s most interesting characters. “Downtown Crossroads” was lost for many years to me but found again in 2020. It will be relaunched as a podcast.
I’m from the warm red Formica table in the nook
carved from the kitchen of the post war housing
unit that faced the wall hiding the word Frigidaire
emblazoned on the six-inch thick yellow ecru door
which endured meal prep-wars with Mom’s rear…
Sniffing around my future
where my body crouched broiling beneath a rock,
you pawed backwards over six moonrises
to stop my future by halting my past …
I can’t get a straight answer from her but I don’t mind
my mind being bent by beautiful turns of phrase
Quilts of words with soft stitchless edges wrapped
in overlapping designs from one side to the other.
Word bouquets imitate petals bent in the breeze….
Legendary outdoorsman and survivalist Bear Grylls talks about the fateful and inspired decision Ed made that helped him to survive. Watch here.
These two interviews with the lead National Park Rangers were undertaken on my behalf in 2013 by L.A. author and researcher Ina Hillebrandt.
In 2009 the new Chabad of DTLA received it’s new Torah and I helped commemorate on the rooftop.
How does it feel to be a poet-broker?
Which part of me are you asking?
Whichever part is responsible for this interview….
In 2007, I founded the Downtown Poet Walk This video on YouTube features some of the readings. Yours truly went first to break the ice. Early on, I invited Teka-Lark Lo, poet and Editor of the BrickBat Revue. Here’s an example of the itinerary, written up by the creative activist. Many of these places haveContinue reading “Poet Walk Through DTLA on YouTube”
We’ll let you know when Ed updates this page with something new.