Justice Putnam

Rookie (26 March 1955 / Eugene, Oregon)

Justice Putnam
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First a member of the Laguna Beach Free Poets, Justice Putnam then joined the Los Angeles Art/ Performance/ Poetry/ Dance/ Punk movement in the early 80's. His poetry has been published in Elektrum Magazine, Vol. No. Magazine, American Poetry Anthology, Literatus World Review, Berkeley Daily Planet and other academic and small press journals.

A scholar-athlete in his youth, Justice Putnam worked as an orderly, an emergency room technician, a Roustabout and a Production Operator at an oil refinery. He taught History and English in private schools briefly, while coaching football and track. He has been a professional chef and restaurant owner, a surfer, deep-sea fisherman and a ... more »

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Not Saints But Men

Swaying uselessly
In the loose wind
Floating in
Finite expectancy
Of summer without end

To have a great gift
And not know it

To only fantasize
And not actualize
Except on passion
For passion's sake

Caught in spidery entanglement
Of esoteric intrigue
While flowing in consciousness
Of personal design

(Blue River, Oregon 1978)

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