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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Naked in the Flow

An undercurrent of distress
A river with no sensitivity
Only the white-water rapids and shallows
And the twelve-foot drops into swirling guilt
And jagged-boulder truth

Since our rafts were metallic
We believed them invulnerable
But now we swim without benefit
Of any device of deception

If we float to the edge
We can catch onto a tree-limb
And pull ourselves out

(Portland, Oregon 1977)

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