National Poetry Month Ramps Up

David Swanger, Santa Cruz County's 2012-13 Poet Laureate

T.S. ELIOT’s The Waste Land opens with this: “April is the cruelest month, breeding/  Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain.”  Had the great modernist complained of September, National Poetry Month might have been lost amid county fairs and the first weeks of school.

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Santa Cruz Poet Releases Career Collection

Robert Sward, Santa Cruz Weekly poetry editor, with Toby

When Robert Sward arrived in Santa Cruz in 1985, he instantly became the area’s most nationally famous resident poet.  Thanks to his much-anthologized poem “Uncle Dog: The Poet at 9,” the first he ever published and one that remains a classic 50 years later, local writers knew Sward’s name and welcomed him as a borderline celebrity.  Ever since then he has thrived here as a prolific poet, novelist, journalist, teacher and, in recent years, poetry editor of the Santa Cruz Weekly.

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