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Jim Natal is the author of three poetry collections: Memory and Rain (Red Hen Press, 2009); Talking Back to the Rocks; and In the Bee Trees, which was a finalist for the 2000 Pen Center USA and Publisher's Marketing Association Ben Franklin Awards. He also is the author of three chapbooks (Explaining Water With Water, Oil on Paper, and The Landscape from Behind) and two limited-edition chapbooks (A Collector of Infinity and Rain in L.A.). A multi-year Pushcart Prize nominee (including 2011), his poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, such as the recent New Poets of the American West and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease. After a 25-year career as a creative executive with the National Football League, he received his MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2005. He teaches creative writing, curates literary events, and with his wife, book artist Tania Baban, runs Conflux Press, a publisher of quality chapbooks and trade books (www.conflux press.com). He lives in Los Angeles.
|RAIN IN L.A.
This is a dialogue town,
Mexico is bleeding people.
Martín crossed near Patagonia, Arizona.
You know what they always say:
Out east on the desert freeway,
All poems from Memory and Rain, Red Hen Press, 2009
© 2012 Jim Natal
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