Biography of Justice Putnam
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.
Justice Putnam Poems
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
Toward An Understanding Of Metropolitan ...
We lived in cities Worshipped in shafts of steel Carried the disease of ignorance
Slow thoughts Slipping into the stream Sunlit crystal memory Sliding
After The Dressage
Our love Could be Equine sensuality
Not Saints But Men
Swaying uselessly In the loose wind Floating in Finite expectancy
An Oil Lamp Turned Low
Warm breath blessed Etched against The palace of her skin
Shanghaied To A Casino
Fig leaves On plastic statues The cacophony of metal money Dropping on ringed
From Big Sur To Malibu
Are we the dispossessed? The fleeting minds Caught in a bleeding time Seeking fame near
And The Angels Weep
Honduran café Mescal afternoon Straw-woven sombrero La Concetta in green pantaloons
The Dates Of Demarcation
How many times Can a Heart be broken How many times Can a resolve be tested
Age Of Dallas
What did it mean To be young In the Age of Dallas?
On Poetry And Fathers
The one thing That always amazed me Even from the
And The Angels Weep
La Concetta in green pantaloons
See how the jungle encroaches
Upon our palm-frond adobe
And the white sands of this
(Playa Samara, Costa Rica 1986)