Haight-Ashbury: August 9, 1995

On the Death of Jerry Garcia I walk with women spinning in the street,Between two psychedelic minivansGridlocked by the color-drenched bereaved.A broker’s luminescent tie commandsRespect, and, farther on, I hear some linesFrom “Alabama Getaway” — two bums,Both tenors, beg for change while singing songs,Your children left behind.Our Jerry’s gone.  The mourning City hums,“We Will Get […]

Revisiting John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee

During the 1970s, most boys around Campbell, California bonded with their fathers through sports, automotives, fishing, and hunting, not horror magazines, comic books, or Saturday afternoon science-fiction film shows.  I truly wanted to bond with my father, but he was into football and baseball, and for me sports, even still today, are yuck.  My only […]