The other day I heard poet Al Young, on NPR, speaking about poetry and reading some of his own poetry. He was named to the position of California’s Poet Laureate in 2005, and Young has had a career spanning almost forty years, beginning with his first book Dancing, published in 1969. He has numerous books to his credit, including plays, memoirs, novels, and, of course, poetry. Some of his recent books include Something About The Blues, which includes a CD of Young reading some of his poems complemented by a jazz band, and Coastal Nights And Inland Afternoons, a collection of poems written between 2000 and 2006.
In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Young says, “When things become repressive enough or dark enough or confusing enough, poetry always resurfaces because it’s a way of cutting through that darkness.”