The anthology Remembering, is a sampling of poems read by local poets from the South Bay community at Willow Glen Books, one of the last-standing local independent bookstores in San José that closed its doors in the summer of 2009. Two-term U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) Billy Collins, refers to an anthology of poems as an assembly of poems based on the poets’ “willingness to deliver immediate injection of pleasure”. This is exactly what Remembering accomplishes.
The themes of the poems are as varied as the imagery is diverse. The collection captures the essence of the spirit and enthusiasm of the poets’ collective voice. Remembering is a celebration of poets and their poems and nearly two decades of dedication to the community at the Willow Glen bookstore—of showing up and being there, to read and recite, and promise not to disappoint. This is the definition, as I see it, of being a poet.
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