Longtime Santa Cruz resident and poetry luminary Robert Sward began the evening with a special treat – an unpublished work. He read a long piece from his newest book, to be titled Love Has Made Grief Absurd.
Robert was followed by Dana Gioia, recently installed as Poet Laureate of California. His stated goal is to stage a poetry event in each of the state’s 58 counties during his two-year tenure. The large and appreciative audience was happy to help him check Santa Cruz off his list in style. Most stayed around for a Q&A session with the poets after the readings (included in the podcast).