Landis Everson

(1926 - 2007 / California / United States)

Landis Everson
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Landis Everson (October 5, 1926 – November 17, 2007) was an American poet. In the late 1940s, he was a member of the Berkeley Renaissance along with his friends Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, and Robin Blaser. Everson was the inaugural recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Foundation.
Everson was born and grew up in Coronado, California. He attended the University of Redlands in Southern California.
Everson, Spicer, and Blaser participated in a poetry group that met on Sundays up until 1960. Duncan was excluded from this group. Around this time James Herndon published Everson's pamphlet Postcard from Eden. His work also appeared in John Ashbery & Harry Mathews's Locus... more »

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Before Christmas

Almost
the first reindeer
shipped North by boxcar from Lapland
but a toy model
got there first.

A dwarf invented reindeer on his own.
He was Santa's favorite. He
hadn't known
they already existed.

This discouraged dwarf
was close to taking his life but
Santa showed up
encircled by snow.
He said, "I will use the real reindeer for my sled

always in yoke
to your original invention."
That night the gears that turned the Pole
stopped
and began to turn the other way,
so it be so.

My love...

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