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Terminal Island: Los Angeles Poems

by Jeffrey Alfier

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 194099666X, Staple Bound)

In this book, California poet Jeffrey Alfier offers an uncompromising look at the gritty, lonely, hardworking inhabitants of Los Angeles County's Terminal Island. In the poem "Lesser Alleluias at the Shipwrecking Yard", you can feel the moisture on your skin as you read (excerpt): Late July, and heat is the huge exhale of a beast. Sea fog so thick we might appear to deckhands in the channel as ghouls in a horror flick. And in "Angelina's Flower Shop on February 14th", you can hear the door open, you can smell the flowers (excerpt): Angelina knows bouquets are chosen late each year on this day. Her bright greetings meet the jingle of the opening door, a smile for every halting word, blessings for each footfall that exits homeward, every rose holding fast to red. Terminal Island is 48 pages long and contains 38 poems. The haunting cover photo, taken by Jeffrey Alfier, and used with permission, is printed on thick white textured cardstock; the book has a gunmetal blue cardstock insert. The text is printed on creamy white paper. Jeffrey Alfier is the winner of the Kithara Book Prize for his poetry collection Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press). He is also author of eight chapbooks, and is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He holds an MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills. Having served twenty-seven years in the Air Force as an enlisted man and an officer, he is a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He's also worked as a functional analyst with Science Applications International Corporation, and once taught history for City College of Chicago's European Division. He has been published in the Birmingham Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Georgetown Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Tulane Review, among many others. He is the founder and co-editor of San Pedro River Review. With camera poetic eye, he hunts the ruined, abandoned and unheralded places of America.

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