February 2-8, 2004: Erik L. Smith and J.D. Wylie

week of February 2-8, 2004

Erik L Smith and J.D Wylie

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Erik L Smith

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Erik Smith was born in 1960 in Los Angeles, California Mr Smith works as a law clerk for the Manring & Farrell Law Firm in Columbus, and as an independent legal researcher for family law and personal injury attorneys Mr Smith also holds a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Dakota (1987) and a degree in Swedish Language from the University of Uppsala (Kursverksamheten 1982 ) He has participated in a radio debate regarding adoption law and has published several of his articles on the internet and in hard copy His publications in other areas include Midwifery and the Constitution (in Midwifery Today Spring 2003) and two chapters of From Courtroom to Calling: A Survival Guide for Midwives, a book to be published in 2004 Mr Smith has also worked as a Swedish language translator, foreign book reporter, and as a guest researcher for the Swedish government.

The following work is Copyright © 2004, and owned by Erik L Smith and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


L.A , the city of waves
Driving in, driving out
From station to station
From channel to channel
Fading in, fading out
The state of Long Beaches
Seal’d Beaches
Redundant Redondo beaches
The Earthquake, Wave–goodbye
Wave, wave, wave
A state of mind
A state of mine
A state of New Ports
Garden Groves
Belmont Shores
Century cities and ancient Red Woods
The state of friendly sands
San Diego, San Bernardino, Gabriel, Rafael, Francisco and Jose
The twins: Luis and Rey!
Then from behind,
The racing desert heat dissolves the signs
California, a state of minds, a state of mines
Wave, Goodbye,
Wave, Goodbye

J.D Wylie


I was born in Anaheim, CA in 1962 I grew up in Garden Grove, and went to Rancho Alamitos High School I then joined the Marines for a three year hitch, of which I served two and a half years Since then I have done construction work, and traveled around the United States, writing poetry, and going to readings I have also had two articles published in the Seattle Weekly, in the Oct.and Nov.1999 issues (see: www.seattleweekly.com “Driftword” and “Notes On My Misadventures” by Jerry D Wylie )

The following work is Copyright © 2004, and owned by J.D Wylie and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

the city of the angels

the city awakens; and, i awaken with the city
the mourning dove coos; the trees are peaceful
the air is still and silent i begin my day
i pack up my gear; and go to the library
later on i take a bus across town
i see the hills, and the mountains
i see the hollywood sign
i walk on the concrete sidewalks alone, and tired
i visit friends; i see cars, people
i ride the bus i see cars on the street
they go too fast there are too many of them
i see the rich, and the poor like myself
i see the signs of the movie and the music business
i see the billboards, and the advertisements
i go downtown, where the mexican people
fill the sidewalks with their merchandise; and a
carnivalesque atmosphere the smell of food
permeates the streets the smell of perfumes, 
and of incense of women, and children

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