Justice Putnam

Rookie (26 March 1955 / Eugene, Oregon)

Biography of Justice Putnam

Justice Putnam poet

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 Grinder on a racing yacht. He has also traveled around the world living for short times in France, Italy, Japan and Mexico.

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And The Angels Weep

Honduran café
Mescal afternoon
Straw-woven sombrero
La Concetta in green pantaloons

See how the jungle encroaches
Upon our palm-frond adobe
And the white sands of this
Martyred shore

(Playa Samara, Costa Rica 1986)

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